The Real Problem with Returning Jihadis

A “significant proportion” of returning IS jihadists “no longer pose a security threat,” according to the British government. The U.K. government has so far refused to disclose its procedures for dealing with returning jihadists who have gone to fight with ISIS in the Middle East, but upon being questioned in parliament, a counter-extremism official has revealed that some have been deemed safe to accept back into society.

An estimated 40,000 people have travelled from 110 countries in order to join IS in the Middle East, and with many returning to their home countries, governments are struggling to find a way to deal with jihadists who want to resume their place in society. While the U.K. stripped 150 jihadists of their passports and banned them from returning, they only took the measure with people who already held dual nationality, to avoid making anybody stateless.

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