Why do Europeans join ISIS?


Why do Europeans join ISIS or ISIL? That’s a question that keeps coming up and bewilders governments, intelligence agencies, and counter-terrorism experts alike.

One of the most common theories out there suggests that Muslim immigrants in Europe often face discrimination when they are trying to find jobs. These immigrants, mostly of the North African descent, also face problems assimilating and integrating into the European society.

Talking to DNA, Kyle W Orton, an analyst on Middle East and Sunni Jihadism and Research Fellow at Henry Jackson Society, suggests: “The Islamic State’s claim to have re-established the caliphate and to be preparing for the apocalypse has clearly been a large factor in bringing Jihadi-Salafist volunteers to its banner rather than others like al-Qaeda.”

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