Three-quarters of terrorists returning from conflict zones are single, 90% of them have medium level of education (study) | Tunisia News Gazette

Three-quarters of terrorists returning from conflict zones are single, 90% of them have medium level of education (study)

Three-quarters of terrorists returning from hotbeds of tension and locked up in Tunisian prisons are single and 90% of them have a medium level of education, said an academic study by the Tunisian Institute for Strategic Studies (ITES) conducted, in association with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and two Dutch and American study centres.

Presented at a press conference on Wednesday in Tunis, “this qualitative study is intended as a means to identify the real motivations that drive young people to become terrorists and break with the persistent stereotypes associated with this group, said Director-General of the Tunisian Institute of Strategic Studies (ITES) Neji Jalloul.

“Coming from working-class neighborhoods, these terrorists have incomplete university education and most of them have little religious knowledge before joining terrorist groups,” he added.

“These returning terrorists have a weak sense of belonging to their homeland. Most of them are overwhelmed by feelings of disappointment, marginalisation and social injustice. They have not confidence in the institutions of the state,” he said.

General coordinator of the study Fakhreddine Louati said this study aims to lead to the establishment of a national strategy against terrorism.

“The research focused on analysing the lifestyle of terrorists, in order to identify the causes of their adherence to these terrorist movements,” he added.

According to the study, the adherence of these terrorists to terrorist groups is explained by a marginalisation that is at the same time economic, social, political, cultural and communicational.

Terrorist groups exploited this loophole and offered an alternative to these young people who are usually from a middle or poor social class.

In this regard, Louati considered it essential to set up a new social system based on human security and to reform the health, economic, social and educational systems.

Based on interviews with 83 convicted terrorists in prisons as well as the results of 18 focus groups studied by sociologists, psychologists and security experts, this academic study was conducted over a period from 2011 to 2014.

This study also relied on interviews with some 30 prison officials and on an analysis of the arrest and interrogation reports of terrorists returning from conflict zones.

Source: TAP News Agency

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