Migration is overall not a source of terrorism according to new research from the University of Warwick. In fact more migration could create a decrease in the number of terrorist attacks, not an increase.
The study Does Immigration Induce Terrorism? has been published in the Journal of Politics. It is based on an analysis of terrorism in and migration flows between 145 countries between 1970 and 2000.
The research found that while terrorism can travel from one country to another via migration flows, only a very small minority of migrants from high-terrorism states can be associated with increases in terrorism, and very often in an indirect way.
Leader of the Warwick University research team Dr Vincenzo Bove said: “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.”
He added: “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.”