Recruiting Refugee Children

The Guardian recently reported about the increase by ISIS in recruiting refugee children. Recently ISIS has increased their recruiting efforts within Lebanon and Jordan offering up to $2,000 as well as food supplies which have been withheld in the past. In a report from the Quilliam Foundation entitled “Refuge: Pathways of Youth Fleeing Extremism” ISIS as well as other insurgent organizations consistently make targeting youth in refugee camps part of their recruitment strategy. The report states ““If the vulnerabilities of young refugees arriving at their destination are not countered by a long-term approach to integration, democratization of national identities, and prioritization of well-being and mental health of young people, the risk of radicalization is likely to persist into future generations.” The United States and allied countries as well as the United Nations should increased emphasis on deterring youth in refugee camps from becoming radicalized. Focus should be placed on the living conditions of refugee camps; particularly food and water supplies. Additionally, nations, such as Lebanon and Jordan, need to deter the recruiting efforts made by ISIS and other groups; particularly focusing on online recruiting efforts that are targeted to young people in the refugee camps.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *