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Security officials and those leading counter-extremism efforts must place greater emphasis on the dangers posed by recent converts to Islam, according to a new report published today.
“Converts to Islam and Home Grown Jihadism” analyses the ways in which the process of religious conversion intersects with radicalisation.
The report finds that:
Dr Julia Rushchenko, an Associate Research Fellow at The Henry Jackson Society’s Centre for the Response to Terrorism and Radicalisation, and author of the report, said:
“This report underscores the importance of considering the all-encompassing nature of Radical Islam as a pernicious ideology, which has proven capable of luring a wide range of individuals from across Europe. Policy-makers and practitioners must be alert to this specific but understudied danger, if they are to counter extremism effectively”
Read the full report here.