Radicalizing the marginalized : Central Asian migrants in Russia

dc.contributor.advisorHutchings, Robert L., 1946-
dc.contributor.advisorMosser, Michael W.
dc.creatorReeves, Zachary Austin
dc.date.accessioned2018-07-23T21:14:06Z
dc.date.available2018-07-23T21:14:06Z
dc.date.created2018-05
dc.date.issued2018-05-03
dc.date.submittedMay 2018
dc.date.updated2018-07-23T21:14:06Z
dc.description.abstractThis paper will examine the pattern of Central Asian migrant workers in Russia becoming radicalized and leaving to fight for the Islamic State in Syria. This progression is notable, as few Central Asian residents have left from their homelands to Syria directly. Instead, there appears to be a combination of push and pull factors driving migrant workers out of Russia and into the arms of the Islamic State. Through a historical review of radicalization-related literature and an analysis of the social situations unfolding in Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Russia, this paper will attempt to shed light on why migrants would risk moving to Syria and Iraq. The results of this research indicate that Tajik and Uzbek migrants in Russia are uniquely vulnerable to radicalization. A combination of authoritarian repression at home, discrimination and marginalization abroad, and a potent group of local recruiters, is pushing Uzbeks and Tajiks out of Russia and into terror groups. These factors are unlikely to change in the near future, necessitating a serious consideration of new policy options to stymie this burgeoning geopolitical security issue.
dc.description.departmentRussian, East European, and Eurasian Studies
dc.description.departmentGlobal Policy Studies
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.identifierdoi:10.15781/T2HX1681Z
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2152/65740
dc.language.isoen
dc.subjectCentral Asia
dc.subjectRussia
dc.subjectTerrorism
dc.subjectCentral Asian migrants
dc.subjectMigrant workers in Russia
dc.subjectRadicalization of migrant workers
dc.subjectCentral Asian migrant workers
dc.subjectRadicalization of migrant workers in Russia
dc.subjectIslamic State
dc.subjectMigration from Russia to Syria
dc.subjectMigrant worker migration to Syria
dc.subjectTajik migrants
dc.subjectUzbek migrants
dc.subjectMigrant workers joining Islamic State
dc.subjectMigrant workers joining terror groups
dc.titleRadicalizing the marginalized : Central Asian migrants in Russia
dc.typeThesis
dc.type.materialtext
thesis.degree.departmentGlobal Policy Studies
thesis.degree.departmentRussian, East European, and Eurasian Studies
thesis.degree.disciplineGlobal Policy Studies
thesis.degree.disciplineRussian, East European, and Eurasian Studies
thesis.degree.grantorThe University of Texas at Austin
thesis.degree.levelMasters
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Global Policy Studies
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Arts

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