Unfolding the Case of Returnees: How the European Union and its Member States Are Addressing the Return of Foreign Fighters and their Families

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Abstract

The return of foreign fighters and their families to the European Union has mostly been considered a security threat by member States, which consequently adopt repressive measures aimed at providing an immediate, short-term response to this perceived threat. In addition to this strong-arm approach, reintegration strategies have also been used to prevent returnees from falling back into terrorism and to break down barriers of hostility between citizens in the long term. Amidst these different strategies, this paper seeks to identify which methods are most desirable for handling returnees.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)681–703
Number of pages23
JournalInternational Review of the Red Cross
Volume103
Issue number916-917
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2021

Keywords

  • foreign fighters
  • counterterrorism
  • prosecution
  • deradicalization
  • International humanitarian law

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