Working Paper 13: Escape from Insignificance: How Moroccan youths radicalize in Europe

18 August 2021


In this Working Paper, Lalla Amina Drhimeur, a member of the Prime Youth ERC Research undertaken by the European Institute of Istanbul Bilgi University, elaborates on the ways in which Moroccan-origin youth in Europe radicalize over the last few decades. The author has compiled a very nuanced and detailed body of existing literature on the radicalization processes of self-identified Muslims in Europe with a specific focus on the Moroccan-origin youth residing in European cities. She successfully reveals socio-economic, ideological, and psychological drivers of radicalization as well as the role of migrant-sending states (i.e., Morocco in this case) and migrant-receiving states. This paper derives from the ongoing EU-funded research for the “PRIME Youth” project conducted under the supervision of the Principal Investigator, Prof. Dr. Ayhan Kaya, and funded by the European Research Council with the Agreement Number 785934.


Jean Monnet Chair of European Politics of Interculturalism Director,

European Institute

─░stanbul Bilgi University