The Asylum-Jihadism Nexus: Non-Government Actors and Detection of Jihadism Among Asylum Seekers. A Case Study of the Dutch Refugee Council and the Guardianship Organization for Unaccompanied Minors (NIDOS)

12 Pages Posted: 12 Sep 2017 Last revised: 16 Sep 2017

Date Written: September 5, 2017

Abstract

This article explores why, how and to what extent two non-government organizations working with asylum seekers in the Netherlands engage in the detection of jihadism. It concludes that the organizations acknowledge the importance of sharing possible signs of jihadism with relevant governmental actors, but struggle in striking a balance between serving the interests of their clients and pupils, on the one hand, and assisting in identifying possible national security threats, on the other hand. The authors recommend a systematic study on the extent to which non-government actors (are willing to) engage in identifying jihadism amongst asylum seekers.

Keywords: Asylum seekers, refugees, jihadism, detection, indicators, non-government actors

Suggested Citation

Wijk, Joris and Bolhuis, Maarten P., The Asylum-Jihadism Nexus: Non-Government Actors and Detection of Jihadism Among Asylum Seekers. A Case Study of the Dutch Refugee Council and the Guardianship Organization for Unaccompanied Minors (NIDOS) (September 5, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3033846 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3033846

Joris Wijk (Contact Author)

VU University Amsterdam ( email )

De Boelelaan 1105
Amsterdam, ND North Holland 1081 HV
Netherlands

Maarten P. Bolhuis

VU University ( email )

De Boelelaan 1105
Amsterdam, ND North Holland 1081 HV
Netherlands

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