Friday, December 11, 2015

Open Access Report: Becoming Mulan? : female Western migrants to ISIS

Becoming Mulan? : female Western migrants to ISIS

Authors: Carolyn Hoyle; Alexandra Bradford; Ross Frenett.
Published:    London : Institute for Strategic Dialogue, 2015.

Contents: Introduction. --
Reasons for travel. --
Reality of life for female ISIS migrants. --
Threat currently posed. --
Possible future threat. --
Conclusion. --

Summary: The current flow of foreigners to Syria and Iraq is remarkable not only for its scale, but also for its inclusion of many women. This report aims to provide insight into the female migrants, examining the reasons they migrate, the reality of their lives in ISIS-controlled territory, and the potential risk they pose. While there is a large online ecosystem of female ISIS supporters, this study will focus specifically on Western women who are believed to be currently residing in ISIS-controlled territory.

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