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Is There Such a Thing as Terrorgrants?

by Jasmina Ameti

BY JASMINA AMETI - Immigrants are not terrorists but some terrorists are immigrants—some deliberately misuse the migrant flows and were terrorists before they set off. Of course, radicalisation can still take place among migrant communities, but it is not a new norm and is rather an exception. As the tensions and the rhetoric of hostility continues to dominate the proverbial radio waves, the unfolding immigration crisis is helping to spread xenophobia. The attacks in Paris, London and Brussels (etc) have created a language of confusion about immigrants that blurs lines of the excepted discourse and now routinely depicts immigrants as terrorists. This is despite the fact that the majority of immigrants simply seek a better life, free of war and violence.


Consider the Paris attacks (2015). Some 130 people were murdered, another 600 injured in a callus attack on soft targets: restaurants, cafes, sporting venues and the Bataclan music hall. The perpetrators? Investigations revealed a Motely Crew—Europeans and migrants. Salah Adbeslam was a French citizen. Brahim Abdeslam, French citizen. Omar Ismail Mostefai, a long-term resident in France. In essence, there is no such thing as ‘terrorgrants.’ In this latest wave of migration, this ‘crisis,’ the perpetrators of terrorist violence were terrorists before they got on the boats!

This article is part of a series of publications related to our upcoming event "Once and For All! Strategies to End the Scourge of Isis", that will be held on 02 November 2018, in Prague.

A special EGIC collection of articles and analyses will be distributed during the event.Click on the link below to sign up to the event and find out more about it. 

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