Study indicates immigration not to blame for terrorism

February 11, 2016

Migration is overall not a source of terrorism according to new research from the University of Warwick.

In fact the study indicates that more could create a decrease in the number of , not an increase.

The research was designed to establish whether migration helps spread between countries. The lead author, Vincenzo Bove, associate professor in the University's department of politics and international studies (PAIS) said: "Our findings shouldn't be surprising. When migrants move from one country to another they take new skills, knowledge and perspectives. These stimulate technological innovation and diffusion of new ideas and this in turn stimulates economic growth.

"If we subscribe to the belief that economic development is linked to a decrease in extremism then we should expect an increase in migration to have a positive effect."

The study Does Immigration Induce Terrorism? has been published in the Journal of Politics. It is based on the analysis of in and migration flows between 145 countries between 1970 and 2000. Dr Bove and his fellow author, Tobias Böhmelt from the University of Essex and the ETH Zürich, measured the average number of terror attacks stemming from countries in a given year, taking into consideration the level of migration as a "link" between states.

The academics measured the level of risk using data on migration inflows from the World Bank, weighted by the number of terrorist attacks in the country of origin of the immigrants.

They ascertained that the countries with the highest level of exposure to the diffusion of terrorism are those with many migrants from regions with a high number of terrorism incidents such as India, Pakistan, Morocco, Western Sahara, and Tunisia. They also determined that in 2000 countries such as Finland, Sweden, Italy, Bolivia and Paraguay had very low risks. They found that this measure of exposure is positively and significantly associated to the actual level of terrorism "at home".

Dr Bove and his researchers noted that patterns can change over time. He said: "This is one example as our study looks at the period 1970-2000. Every year the risk of terrorism diffusion in each country varies, as a result of new migrations waves and changing levels of terror in the country of origin of the migrants."

They found that migration can under some specific circumstances be a vehicle for and driver of terrorism. The researchers detected that there was an increase in terrorism in a country that accepted migrants from another where terrorism is rife. However, countries, which accepted immigrants from countries where there is no or a low level of activism, did not suffer exposure to terrorism.

The research paper also indicates that extremism could spread from with high incidences of terrorism at a macro or micro level. At a macro level, terrorists can exploit ties among a migrant group's members through radicalisation. At a micro level, migrants may bring to their new country expertise in terrorist skills and tactics, which they could pass onto individual terrorists in the host country.

The research highlights that whereas terrorism can travel from one country to another via , only a very small minority of from high-terrorism states can be associated with increases in terrorism, and very often in an indirect way. Dr Bove said: "Terrorist organisations often exploit migrant networks and migrant communities as a recruitment pool.

"Therefore, even the enforcement of discriminate immigration laws on immigration from terror-prone states is not advisable if national security agencies and immigration authorities fail to identify the organisers of terrorism in the first place. "We hope that policymakers will not enforce immigration laws in an indiscriminate way as this may lead to the loss of the positive impact of migration."

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More information: Does Immigration Induce Terrorism? Journal of Politics. DOI: 10.1086/684679

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Squirrel
not rated yet Feb 11, 2016
History suggests otherwise. The terrorism of the IRA was not have happened except for mass emigration from Scotland to Ireland in the 17th century, the so called "Plantation of Ulster". The UK policies that encouraged this were one of the worse mistakes in UK history as they directly created a divided Ireland.
gkam
1 / 5 (4) Feb 11, 2016
Terrorism comes from helplessness. We have known that for a generation, but it goes against our capitalist need for even more money, and more, and more.

So we look for more consumers more folk to sell things to, so we can get richer. We tear down mountains, dig huge holes, create massive sources of pollution, then walk away when we are done, leaving the disaster for others to clean up, in the haze of the pollution we caused. But that's okay, because we have hooked them on our technology and materials for which they must pay.

We create helplessness for money.
cantdrive85
3 / 5 (4) Feb 11, 2016
Terrorism is caused by imperialism and corporate greed, that's why Amerika is the best at creating terrorists. Well that and the fact the US is the biggest financial supporters of terrorism via the CIA.
MR166
2.3 / 5 (3) Feb 11, 2016
"Terrorism comes from helplessness. We have known that for a generation, but it goes against our capitalist need for even more money, and more, and more.

So we look for more consumers more folk to sell things to, so we can get richer. We tear down mountains, dig huge holes, create massive sources of pollution, then walk away when we are done, leaving the disaster for others to clean up, in the haze of the pollution we caused. But that's okay, because we have hooked them on our technology and materials for which they must pay.

We create helplessness for money."

Now you have to understand who is saying this, one who's life has been changed the most by modern industry and the products that they sell. "Greedy" industry has provided him with the materials for his home, battery powered car and solar panels. The greedy power industry has enabled him to earn a living and fossil fules have fed him.

Damn those greedy capitalists.

MR166
1 / 5 (2) Feb 11, 2016
Meanwhile he is selling electric power to the electric companies at above market rates via government mandates. You and I are paying for it but he is the pure socialist that can do no wrong.
MR166
5 / 5 (1) Feb 11, 2016
Great Study, now try selling that to the people in Paris.
gkam
1 / 5 (3) Feb 11, 2016
Hey, 166, I made those integrated circuits, engine blocks for 10,500hp engines, wire for spacecraft, specialty materials, and power for you and industry. I understand it.

Do you?
gkam
1 / 5 (3) Feb 11, 2016
"Meanwhile he is selling electric power to the electric companies at above market rates via government mandates. You and I are paying for it but he is the pure socialist that can do no wrong."
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No, Goober, that is what YOU would do.

I make my power when it is worth peak rates, and trade it for off-peak power at 1/3 the rate of that I generate. I am willing to do that because I am a good citizen, a member of Humanity, and not a shallow shell looking out for me only.
MR166
1 / 5 (2) Feb 11, 2016
As part of the one world government push, the progressives understand the need to destroy every homogeneous society. Expecting immigrants to blend into an existing culture is now considered racist. The strife and disorder that conflicting cultures create in a society creates the chaos needed to overthrow governments and replace them one that suits the progressive's purposes.
gkam
1 / 5 (3) Feb 11, 2016
166, please take your political paranoia somewhere else.

Conservatives like to think of themselves as "exceptional" because they are Americans, but American Exceptionalism is not about the spoiled folk born here, but those risking a new land and language who come here to build a new life, and to work for it.

We attract the best people, the ones who want to work for a better future.
ForFreeMinds
5 / 5 (1) Feb 12, 2016
But Tashfeen Malik, the San Bernardino terrorist, immigrated from Pakistan.

While immigration may not cause terrorism, terrorists do immigrate.

TheGhostofOtto1923
4 / 5 (4) Feb 12, 2016
Hey, 166, I made those integrated circuits, engine blocks for 10,500hp engines, wire for spacecraft, specialty materials, and power for you and industry. I understand it.

Do you?
He knows that your psychopathic delusions of grandeur make you think that soldering wires as a job shopper temp (and getting fired 12 ++ times) is a valid substitute for an education, a degree, and eit-level experience.

Anybody who has read your drivel long enough knows that.
TheGhostofOtto1923
3.7 / 5 (3) Feb 12, 2016

I make my power when it is worth peak rates, and trade it for off-peak power at 1/3 the rate of that I generate. I am willing to do that because I am a good citizen, a member of Humanity, and not a shallow shell looking out for me only
Easy to say when you yourself have made clear that, since you were never able to hold a steady job, your wife has had to pay for your little hobby.

She's a member of Humanity too you know. And she was actually able to pay her way through life which makes her a far better citizen than you.
gkam
1 / 5 (3) Feb 12, 2016
That's quite a fixation, there, otto.

Do I give your pathetic little life purpose?
MR166
2.3 / 5 (3) Feb 14, 2016
http://www.thebla...-to-u-s/

It's not fun at all to watch Europe commit cultural suicide. The US will soon follow.
gkam
1 / 5 (4) Feb 14, 2016
"Cultural suicide"? Is your little culture more advanced than theirs? Are you sure?
MR166
3.7 / 5 (3) Feb 14, 2016
"Cultural suicide"? Is your little culture more advanced than theirs? Are you sure?"

Yea, pretty much, since my culture does not include the wanton rape of women, selling of sex slaves and beheading of infidels.
gkam
1 / 5 (2) Feb 14, 2016
And the Inquisitions?

Or the enslavement of much of the globe in some empire of yours?

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