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Are Syrian refugees a security threat?

Security measures that deny refugees their dignity are more likely to foster extremism and violent tendencies because they increase refugees’ grievances against host governments and contribute to their sense of alienation. A less securitized approach to the treatment of refugees is more likely to keep the threat of militarization and radicalization at bay. Without this change in attitude toward Syrians in their host countries in the Middle East or new homes in the West, countries could end up creating precisely the problem they are hoping to avoid.

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