Forced Migration and Extremism?

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Beginning in 2015, the rapid influx of migrants fleeing violence in Syria and instability elsewhere has catapulted migration to the center of the public attention. It has prompted a shift in the political and social discourse and resulted in a wide range of political challenges. Incidents such as sexual assaults by groups of young migrants on New Year’s Eve 2015 and a number of terrorist attacks have sparked public fears and a heated debate about the possible security implications of migration. Simultaneously, the growth of right-wing groups with a potential for vigilante violence in response to the migrant crisis has proven equally worrying. Throughout Germany and Europe, distrust, a sensation of insecurity, and political tensions are on the rise. Forced migration has thus raised urgent political and security questions. Can the frequently expressed suspicion that there is a link between forced migration and extremism be confirmed? Are migrants more likely than others to be radicalized? Does migration fuel far-right extremism? How does a nation strike a balance between tolerance of diversity and the need for newcomers to assimilate? Prof. Thomas R. Mockaitis PhD, Professor of History, Refugee and Forced Migration Studies at DePaul University in Chicago, will visit the Center for International Security and Governance to discuss these questions.

October 22, 2018
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Festsaal, University of Bonn
Regina-Pacis-Weg 3
53113 Bonn

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