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The Swedish Mujahideen: An Exploratory Study of 41 Swedish Foreign Fighters Deceased in Iraq and Syria
Stockholms universitet, Sociologiska institutionen.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0973-3481
Institute for Futures Studies, Stockholm.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0404-8197
Institute for Futures Studies, Stockholm.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2685-9238
Swedish National Police, Stockholm .
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2020 (English)In: Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, ISSN 1057-610X, E-ISSN 1521-0731, Vol. 43, no 5, p. 382-395Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study analyzes the demographics, criminality, and network relations of forty-one deceased Swedish foreign fighters. Our results show that most of the deceased Swedish foreign fighters were on average just under 26 years old when they died. Concerning network relations, nineteen out of the forty-one foreign fighters had at least one relationship (next-of-kin or friend) with another deceased foreign fighter. Two thirds were previously suspected of at least one crime. Based on our results, we argue that more attention needs to be given to tertiary and secondary prevention directed toward foreign fighter hubs.

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Taylor and Francis , 2020. Vol. 43, no 5, p. 382-395
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foreign fighter, radicalization, social network
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Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-35572DOI: 10.1080/1057610X.2018.1463615ISI: 000522966100002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-35572DiVA, id: diva2:1542802
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This study was funded by the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (2016-486, 2016–7045).

Available from: 2021-04-08 Created: 2021-04-08 Last updated: 2021-04-09Bibliographically approved

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