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How jihadist networks operate (open access)
How jihadist networks operate : a grounded understanding of changing organizational structures, activities, and involvement mechanisms of jihadist networks in the Netherlands
Type: Doctoral Thesis
Publisher: Institute for Criminal Law and Criminology, Faculty of Law, Leiden University
Issue Date: 2016-04-14
Grounded theoryAbstract: The rise of ISIS and the recent terrorist attacks in Europe have raised a collective alertness for a potential terrorist attack. The presence of jihadist networks in the Netherlands, and the significant outflow of young people to conflict areas in the Middle East to join the jihad, have greatly enhanced this anxiety. But how are these networks organized and how do they prepare their jihad? How do people get involved in jihadist networks and how important is ideology in that regard? Answering such questions will help to understand how jihadist networks operate, which can be useful knowledge for policy makers and practitioners who aim to counter terrorist threats. Using unique data from police files, interviews, and trial observations, while utilizing different analytical methods, this study provides an in-depth insight into the modus operandi of jihadist networks in the Netherlands. The findings show how jihadist networks have changed over the years and how this development has affected the way jihadists operate.
WRR-Policy Brief 4 - No time to lose: from reception to integration of asylum migrants
WODC-Researchers Roel Jennissen en Arjan Leerkes have cooperated with SCP-researchers to make a 'WRR-Policy Brief 4' No time to lose: from reception to integration of asylum migrants (see pdf at: More information).
In 2015, the public debate was dominated by moving images of migrants making their way to Europe and by the concerned reactions of European citizens to the asylum issue. Attention is currently focused mainly on the problems relating to the local reception of new groups of asylum seekers. At the same time, however, policymakers face a second fundamental challenge, which is the question of how to facilitate the integration of asylum seekers who have been granted a residence permit into Dutch society. This policy brief focuses on this category of asylum seekers, who are referred to as permit holders.