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The influence of multi-level governance on returning Foreign Fighter cases in the Netherlands

Harmelink, Isabel (2019) The influence of multi-level governance on returning Foreign Fighter cases in the Netherlands.

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Abstract:The research in this thesis will investigate to what extent measures are taken towards the phenomenon of returning Foreign Fighters to the Netherlands and whether these are influenced by different levels of governmental decision-making. More specifically, it answers the following question: “To what extent does European and international law influence the law, policy and practice regarding returning Foreign Fighters in the Netherlands?”. This is done by laying out the different levels on which decisions are made and measures taken towards Foreign Fighters. It starts with examining the presence at the international level and measures proposed. Then it goes on to the European level and investigates to what extent the phenomenon exists and in which ways it is addressed. Lastly, the research investigates the Dutch level of decision-making and practical application of this in court cases, in this case in the Context investigation. The research found that the phenomenon is present at all levels and that coherence in policy approaches is quite present. However, from the perspective of criminal law and practical application, it can be stated that there is limited multi-level influence present and that therefore fragmentation still exists.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:70 social sciences in general, 86 law
Programme:Management Society and Technology BSc (56654)
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