Analysis 31 Mar 17

Experts Tackle Religious Radicalisation of Young Bosnians

While the number of Bosnians fighting for ISIS has fallen, Islamist extremism remains a hot topic - and experts continue debating the best ways to fight radicalisation among the young.

Igor Spaic
BIRN
Sarajevo
Photo/chidioc, Pixabay

Islamist extremism remains in the limelight in Bosnia, which is often mentioned as one of the European countries providing most ISIS soldiers per head of the population.

While this issue is a concern in Bosnia, officials and experts stress also that Bosnia was one of the first countries to introduce a law penalising foreign fighters, and that local institutions as well as experts and NGOs are doing their best to address this issue.

Edina Becirevic from the Faculty of Criminal Justice, Criminology and Security Studies at the University of Sarajevo, and one of the organisers of a three-day workshop on prevention of radicalism held in March, insisted that young people in Bosnia are no more or less susceptive to a radical narrative then their peers anywhere else.

Research has shown that there are young people in Paris, Budapest  or Brussels who also find radical ideologies appealing. Some are attracted by the far right and some by extreme [Muslim] religious narratives,” she said.

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Background

Western Balkans on Alert Over ISIS Threat

Countries in the region have raised security levels and introduced new precautions to counter the threat of terrorist attacks by Islamic State.

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