OTTAWA – A leading researcher on terrorist travellers says returnees to Canada can be rehabilitated, as those who come back to their home countries are often disillusioned or traumatized.
Lorne Dawson, sociology professor at the University of Waterloo, says others feel they have done their duty to defend Muslim lands and want to lead a more normal life.
Dawson, project director for the Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security and Society, says rehabilitation requires careful effort, but Canada has been slow in building this capacity.
Canada’s spy agency has said it is aware of 180 individuals with a nexus to Canada who are suspected of terrorist activity abroad.
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Dawson says his researchers know of about a dozen jihadist returnees to Canada from the Syrian-Iraqi conflict.
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