According to British anti-extremism think tank Quilliam, the Islamic State is targeting refugees — including underage asylum seekers — and offering them numerous benefits if they join the terrorist organization.
RT reports the Islamic State is offering free passage to Europe for refugees and up to $1,000 to those willing to join.
“Groups such as Islamic State and Boko Haram recruit using financial incentives within refugee camps and work with smugglers and traffickers to facilitate the journey to asylum,” Quilliam reports, adding, “More than 90 percent of arrivals in the EU were in some way facilitated by some form of illegal enterprise.”
The report said it’s becoming more and more common for ISIS members to target refugees at migrant centers, offering them help, to include protection and money, in return for their allegiance.
“The main problem is that asylum seekers are treated like criminals when their crimes are simply fleeing their own country for whatever reason … The lack of humanity in how women were treated seems to result in a loss of privacy, sense of decency, compassion and respect as a result of being detained,” states the report.
It is reported that the worse the migrants and refugees are treated in Europe — by law enforcement and the community — the easier it is for ISIS to convince them to join its cause.
According to RT, Italy’s chief of intelligence, Alessandro Pansa, said one of the terrorist group’s new forms of income is human trafficking.
“Its sources of revenue, primarily smuggling oil products and antiquities, are at the edge of drying out. We think that terrorists are resorting to human trafficking as a new source of revenue,” he told La Stampa.
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22 Med School Students Join ISIS