Dutch criminologists have said authorities must admit spotting jihadis is not as easy as they sugges
Researchers in Amsterdam have demanded the Dutch government makes it clear the true extent of the difficulty they face.
Criminologists have said screening of migrants is inadequate and could lead to jihadis slipping into the EU.
Writing in daily newspaper NRC, university of Amsterdam specialists Joris van Wijk and Maarten Bolhuis said what the public think differs form reality.
They suggest Dutch people are living in hope jihadis will be caught by officials – when it fact the process is deeply flawed.
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Last month, a report named ‘Jihadisme en de vreemdelingenketen’ (jihadism and the asylum chain partnership) revealed the asylum system is flawed.
In response, justice minister Ard van der Steur told the Telegraaf “We’ll pick out the terrorists at a later stage”.
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There is ample scientific literature to back up the contention that establishing a reliable method to spot jihadists is very difficult indeed
But experts are claiming these comments are unrealistic.
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Among criticisms of the Netherlands’ approach in the report were a list of "risk indicators".
Such signals include utterances, external characteristics and behaviour which is aligned with those hoping to carry out the work of ISIS in Europe.
But the report reveals security services and the counter-terrorism personnel are critical of the list since jihadis are well prepared on how to “act normal” during checks.
The listed indicators include refusing to shake hands with women and the use of certain language – yet the staff working at the Netherlands’s Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND), and its Central Agency for the Reception of Asylum Seekers (COA) say this is well known by ISIS.
The report said while bodies involved in the asylum chain are doing their best, it’s very hard to detect Islamic extremists.
Van Wijk and Bolhuis said: “There is ample scientific literature to back up the contention that establishing a reliable method to spot jihadists is very difficult indeed.”
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The experts said Van der Steur’s assertion terrorists can ever be “picked out” is wrong.
Jihadi websites, the report reveals, orders followers to keep a low profile.
The pair have called on Dutch authorities to admit“no one really knows how to” separate jihadists from asylum seekers.
In the piece, which was published in NRC, the experts conclude: “We think it would be better for all involved if the minister recognised that much is being done to separate the jihadists from the asylum seekers, but no one really knows how to do it.
“You may not sleep as soundly as Van der Steur would like you to, but the truth would be better served.”