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Foreign fighters – Member State responses and EU action

March 10, 2016


European Parliamentary Research Service Blog

Written by Piotr Bąkowski and Laura Puccio,

Foreign fighters: Member State responses and EU action © Nomad_Soul / Fotolia

As the hostilities in Syria and Iraq continue, and terrorist activities worldwide appear to be on the rise, EU Member States are increasingly confronted with the problem of aspiring and returning ‘foreign fighters’. Whereas the phenomenon is not new, its scale certainly is, explaining the wide perception that these individuals are a serious threat to the security of both individual Member States and the EU as a whole.

International fora, including the United Nations, have addressed the problem, with the UN adopting a binding resolution in 2014 specifically addressing the issue of foreign fighters. The EU is actively engaged in international initiatives to counter the threat.

Within the EU, security in general, and counter-terrorism in particular, have traditionally remained within the Member States’ remit. The EU has, however, coordinated Member State activities regarding the prevention of radicalisation, the detection…

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