September 14, 2015

TSG IntelBrief: Terrorism and the Refugee Crisis

• Amid Europe’s worst refugee crisis since World War II, the potential for terrorist ‘infiltration’ is both exaggerated and a real possibility

• The argument that terrorist groups such as the Islamic State or al-Qaeda could plant operatives amid crowds of desperate refugees is cited as a reason to better control the influx of people fleeing conflict zones into Europe

• Some of the fear is warranted; not necessarily because of refugees’ home countries, but because of the lack of the usual vetting and processing that goes into standard asylum and immigration cases in most countries

• As the number of refugees grows, there will be increasing backlash among some in the host communities; the nature of the crisis results in understandable concerns mixed with alarming rhetoric and reactionary policies.