The Foreign Fighters in the EU Report in the Media

ICCT launched its Report ‘The Foreign Fighters Phenomenon in the European Union: Profiles, Threats & Policies’ in the presence of (inter)national policymakers, counter-terrorism experts, ambassadors, academics and media representatives. The event took place at the international press centre Nieuwspoort in The Hague, where the first copy was handed to the Netherlands National Coordinator for Security and Counter-Terrorism (NCTV) by ICCT Director Mark Singleton. It was NCTV’s Dick Schoof who thanked the ICCT for a thorough report on this interesting and important subject. Due to its unique methodology, the Report has filled a knowledge gap on the analysed topic by outlining different profiles.


Coverage in Selected Media Outlets:

The report received extensive national and international press coverage which highlighted the insights and new perspectives which the Report brought to the field:

International Media:

Herald Scotland, Return of the Jihadis: Taking stock of IS threat as it moves away from Iraq and Syria and into Europe, 17 September 2017

La Repubblica, Ecco chi sono i jihadisti d’Europa, 11 April 2016

The Economist, Profiling Europe’s jihadists, 8 April 2016

The Charlotte Observer, European anti-terror efforts hobbled by lack of trust, shared intelligence, 4 April 2016

The Jerusalem Post, France, Belgium largest exporters of foreign fighters to Iraq and Syria, study finds, 4 April 2016

Al Jazeera, One-third of EU fighters in Syria returned home: Study, 2 April 2016

The Gulf Today, France largest source of ‘EU fighters in Syria’, 2 April 2016

Reuters, Belgium largest source of European fighters in Syria per head: study, 1 April 2016

Die Welt, Ein Drittel der IS-Kämpfer ist zurück in Europa (German), 1 April 2016

Politico, Belgium has most foreign fighters per head, 1 April 2016

The Copenhagen Post, Many foreign fighters returning home to Denmark, 5 April 2016

De Morgen, 30 procent Syriëstrijders teruggekeerd naar Europa (Dutch), 1 April 2016

Deutsche Welle, Report: Most EU foreign fighters come from four countries, 1 April 2016

El Periódico, Más de 4.000 europeos se han unido a los grupos yihadista en Siria e Irak (Spanish), 1 April 2016

RT, Most European ISIS fighters come from France, Germany, UK – study, 1 April 2016

L’Express, 30% des Européens partis combatrre en Syrie seriaent de retour dans l’EU (French), 3 April 2016

Bloomberg, Counter-Terrorism Center Says About 1,200 Foreign Fighters in EU, 1 April 2016

Press TV, Most of EU militants in Iraq, Syria from 4 states: Study, 1 April 2016

Sputnik International, Welcome Home! A Third of Europe’s Jihadist Fighters Return From Syria, Iraq, 1 April 2016

Business Insider, Study: Belgium is the largest contributor of foreign fighters to Syria in proportion to its population, 1 April 2016

Ynet News, Belgium largest source of European fighters in Syria per capita, 1 April 2016

Al Arabiya, Most EU foreign fighters in Iraq, Syria are from 4 nations, 2 April 2016

Ghana Web, One-third of EU fighters in Syria returned home – Study, 2 April 2016

Dutch Media:

Trouw, Syriëganger steeds jonger en minder religieus (Dutch), 1 April 2016

Het Nieuwsblad, Nieuwe jihadist radicaliseert op dertig dagen (Dutch), 2 April 2016

De Standaard, Jihadist radicaliseert al in 30 dagen (Dutch), 2 April 2016

De Telegraaf, IS-strijders in woonwijken geronseld (Dutch), 1 April 2016

Algemeen Dagblad, Nieuwe jihadi’s razendsnel geradicaliseerd en piepjong (Dutch), 1 April 2016

NRC, 30 procent van Europese Syriëgangers teruggekeerd (Dutch), 1 April 2016

Elsevier, ‘Eenderde Syriëgangers keert terug naar Europa’ (Dutch), 1 April 2016

NOS, Nederland doet het goed bij aanpak radicalisering (Dutch), 1 April 2016