Research Note on Immigrant Youth Radicalization and Terrorism: Pre- and Post-Migration Considerations


  • Haval Ahmad Aberystwyth University
  • Mambo Tabu Masinda The Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism Security and Society (TSAS)


Radicalization, Refugees, Immigration, Youth, Migration, Resilient Communities


This theoretical paper is based on working experience with newcomer refugee youth in Canada. It calls for an understanding of the refugee pre- and post-migration experience in an attempt to answer why some youth are drawn to radicalization and engagement in terrorism. This comprehension could lend to designing a global refugee youth radicalization and terrorism prevention strategy by creating resiliency within the refugee camps and within the host community of resettlement. The paper presents 12 propositions which need to be tested by future empirical research.


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