IS recruits were educated, employed

  1. Source: A new World Bank study ‘Economic and Social Inclusion to Prevent Violent Extremism’
  2. Aim: To identify socio-economic traits that might explain why some are drawn to the IS
  3. Educated terrorists: Recruits into the Islamic State (IS) group are better educated than their average countryman, contrary to popular belief
  4. Out of 331 recruits described in a leaked IS database, only 17% did not finish high school, while a quarter had university-level educations
  5. Moreover, those offering to become suicide bombers ranked on average in the more educated group,
  6. Poverty not a driver: Poverty and deprivation were not at the root of support for the group
  7. Unemployment not an issue: Most of the 331 recruits also reported having a job before travelling to join the IS
Foreign Policy Watch: Cross-Border Terrorism
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