Published On: Wed, Apr 13th, 2016

Why Young Arabs Are Joining The Islamic State

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A recent poll has found that young Arabs across the Middle East reject the so-called Islamic State and believe it will not succeed in creating a caliphate. Entitled “The 2016 Arab Youth Survey“, it also found several reasons why younger Arabs are attracted to the terrorist group. A chronic job shortage in the region is the primary reason, far ahead of religious ideology or the presence of Western troops in the Middle East.


This chart shows the percentage of young Arabs citing the following as reasons they are attracted to ISIS (Jan 2016).

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