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Study Visit: Returned Women and Children – Studying an Ongoing Experience on the Ground, 10-11 December 2019

Returning foreign terrorist fighters (FTFs) and their family members continue to be one of the most passionately debated topics in European P/CVE and beyond. In April 2019, as one of the first in Europe doing so in large capacity, Kosovo (*) made a political decision and repatriated 110 Kosovan citizens from detention camps in North Syria, most of them women and children. The government also vowed to bring back those citizens still remaining in Syria and Iraq.

During the study visit, RAN explored the measures that were taken to reintegrate the women and children into Kosovan society. By engaging with stakeholders from government authorities, first-line practitioners and civil society organisations in Kosovo, the visit allowed substantial insights into the ongoing Kosovan experience, characterised by pragmatism and a can-doattitude, and to draw first conclusions relevant for P/CVE practitioners from EU Member States. Read more

* This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244/1999 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.

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