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Policies on returning foreign fighters

European countries struggling how to deal with the issue of returning foreign fighters, women and children from the Caliphate.

Edwin Bakker, Jessica Sciarone and Jeanine de Roy van Zuijdewijn
11 April 2019

In a comparative study by Edwin Bakker, Jessica Sciarone and Jeanine de Roy van Zuijdewijn, the authors investigate policies regarding the issue of returning foreign fighters from conflict zones in seven countries: the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, France, Denmark, the United Kingdom and the United States in the period 2017-2018.
Despite the fact that the issue of helping children to return has been widely debated over the past year, governments are reluctant to actively repatriate foreign fighters. Late 2018, a number of countries increased efforts to bring back children.
Whereas the Netherlands has developed initiatives to be well-prepared for the possible return of children, the government has not engaged in any attempts to bring children back to the country. The full report [in Dutch] can be read here

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