Jihadist extremismßin Spain a home-grown affair

Study indicates second-generation Moroccans

15 May, 16:45

    (ANSAmed) - Madrid, May 15 - Jihadist extremismin Spain is no longer the prerogative of foreigners but is increasingly becoming a home-grown affair, particularly amongst second-generation Moroccans, a study by the Elcano Royal Institute of Strategic Studies has said.

    Research by Fernando Reynares and Carola Garcia-Calvo shows that 7 out of 10 jihadists who were arrested or died in Spain the the period 2013-2017 were of Moroccan origin.

    Of these, three quarters were born in Spain, particularly in the Spanish enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla. Islamic extremism is concentrated on the poor outskirts of the two enclaves in Morocco, where social exclusion has created fertile ground for Salafism to take hold. However, there are also extremist elements in outlying urban areas of Catalonia. Nearly 40% of the over 800 Moroccan foreign fighters who travelled to Syria at the end of 2013 came from the regions surrounding Ceuta and Melilla. In addition, four of the six extremist Islamist cross-border networks dismantled by Spanish and Moroccan security apparatus in anti-terrorism operations between 2013 and 2017 were rooted in the enclaves. (ANSAmed).

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