Understanding the Factors Contributing to Radicalisation Among Central Asian Labour Migrants in Russia

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The paper assesses the factors contributing to radicalisation, including the role of economic migration. The study also considers the resilience in place constraining further radicalisation. It has recommendations for Russia and and Central Asian governments countering radicalization that leads to violent extremism.

The study was commissioned following concerns that a growing number of labour migrants from Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan in Russia were being radicalised and recruited to fight in Syria and Iraq. Individuals of Central Asian origin have also appeared in prominent roles in high-profile terrorist attacks around the world in 2017, such as the April St Petersburg attack, the October attack in New York, New Year’s attack in Istanbul and the April attack in Stockholm.

 
The project was delivered in collaboration between Search for Common Ground (Search), Institute of Oriental Studies under the Russian Academy of Science (RAS), a team of Central Asian researchers and the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI).
 
Based on interviews with 218 labour migrants from Central Asia across thirteen cities in Russia, the study reveals the complex range of factors contributing to the radicalisation and recruitment of migrant workers among Central Asians.
 
The aim of the discussion will be to use the report as an opportunity to engage in a broader conversation about the report findings and recommendations, as well as the wider topic of radicalisation and violent extremism, and Central Asia.  
 
Discussants:
  • Raffaello Pantucci, Director, International Security Studies, RUSI, and chapter contributor will moderate and introduce the research project.
  • Michael ShiplerRegional Director of Asia, Search for Common Ground, will discuss the wider context of the research project.
  • Dr Mohammed Elshimi, Research Fellow, National Security and Resilience at RUSI, and report lead author, will discusses research approach, findings and recommendations.

This event is invitation only. For more information please contact Jeremy Wimble on jeremyw@rusi.org 



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