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Destination Syria: An Exploratory Study into the Daily Lives of Dutch 'Syria Travellers'

What does the daily life of those who travelled to Syria to join jihadist groups look like? Destination Syria, a new ISGA report, provides answers to this question

Daan Weggemans, Ruud Peters, Edwin Bakker en Roel de Bont
09 November 2016

In recent years, many European countries have been confronted with residents that have travelled to Syria to join jihadist groups. This phenomenon has received a great deal of attention among both academics and practitioners. Still, our understanding of what daily life looks like for these foreigners within the ranks of jihadist parties remained limited. Destination Syria changes that.

This exploratory study provides us with important insights on the daily lives of western citizens that have decided to travel to an area torn by conflict to join ISIS or Jabhat al-Nusra/Jabhat Fath al-Sham. The authors cover a variety of key aspects that influence life in the areas controlled by these groups, such as administrative structures, policies, training, deployment, services, social conduct control and financial aspects – making Destination Syria one of the first studies to comprehensively outline what daily life looks like within jihadist territory.

Read the full report.

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