"Social and perceived discrimination" is the reason why young people from Europe are going overseas to join dangerous extremist groups like ISIS, according to a Europe-based researcher, Ahmet Yükleyen.
The academician claims that many foreign fighters are motivated by grievances over assimilation and acceptance combined with a "literalist" dogmatic thought process, rather than ideological concerns.Born to Turkish immigrant parents in the Netherlands, assistant professor of cultural anthropology Ahmet Yükleyen from Istanbul Commerce University's International Relations Department spoke to the Turkish press agency AA. Yukleyen said that joining ISIS (the self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham) was "not particularly about a religious tradition but a certain style of thinking" where potential militants' age and immigrant background played a key role in their decision.
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