Introduction / Summary

The threat posed by “Foreign Terrorist Fighters” (FTFs)1 – individuals who travel abroad to a State other than their States of residence or nationality to engage in, undertake, plan, prepare, carry out or otherwise support terrorist activity or to provide or receive training to do so (often labeled as “terrorist training”) – is a major issue for international and national security. Governments continue to grapple with how to address the complex set of challenges posed by this threat. Many countries are concerned that the rising number of people, especially youth, radicalized to violence and traveling to fight or train alongside terrorist groups in conflict and non-conflict areas will become further radicalized and pose a new terrorist threat to their home or third countries, including transit countries.

  1. This Memorandum, and the GCTF FTF Initiative more broadly, do not intent to make and should not be interpreted as making any statement about the legal status of FTFs under national or international law, in particular, international humanitarian, international human rights, or refugee law.

Good Practices Breakdown

  • Good Practice 7

    Collect and fuse detailed information from government agencies, front-line workers, communities, and social media to detect recruitment and facilitation while respecting the rule of law and human righ... Read More

  • Good Practice 8

    Pool resources, share information, and collaborate with the private sector to curb online recruitment of FTFs. States that have the legal authorities and resources to monitor online FTF recruitment... Read More

  • Good Practice 9

    Adopt tailored and targeted approaches for CVE responses to radicalization and recruitment, based on the specific motivational factors and intended audience. Effective CVE responses consider the sp... Read More

Latest Initiatives

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This section will be used to highlight key initiatives being led by governments around the world which are advancing the GCTF’s lifecycle initiative