UN­EM­PLOY­MENT ‘FU­ELS TER­ROR’

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Al­most one in four - 24 per cent - of young Arabs who took part in the sur­vey be­lieve a lack of job op­por­tu­ni­ties is one of the main rea­sons peo­ple join ISIS. Another 18 per cent of re­spon­dents said young­sters also end up join­ing ISIS be­cause of the be­lief that their own “in­ter­pre­ta­tion of Is­lam is su­pe­rior to oth­ers”. Su­nil John, the founder of Asda’a, which com­mis­sioned the sur­vey said: “The In­ter­na­tional Labour Or­gan­i­sa­tion be­lieves up to 75 mil­lion young peo­ple alone are job­less in the Arab world. This de­press­ing statis­tic, and the cor­re­spond­ing pes­simism felt by so many re­spon­ders to our Sur­vey, is a damn­ing in­dict­ment of the govern­ments that have failed to ad­dress this key is­sue. “In­deed, un­em­ploy­ment and a lack of op­por­tu­nity was the main trig­ger be­hind the Arab Spring. But the surge of hope in those heady days has given way, just five years later, to a grim re­al­ism in the minds of the re­gion’s young peo­ple. “With the legacy of those up­ris­ings be­ing viewed in­creas­ingly neg­a­tively, young peo­ple to­day now favour sta­bil­ity over democ­racy.” Con­versely, Dr Ab­del Khaleq Ab­dul­lah be­lieves young peo­ple who come from Western coun­tries to join ISIS do not leave their homes be­cause of a lack of jobs, but be­cause they have the “wrong idea of heaven”. He said: “Many of them be­lieve this is the way to get to heaven - and a lot of them have psy­cho­log­i­cal prob­lems.”

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