New CTED Trends Report stresses challenges stemming from returning and relocating foreign terrorist fighters

The Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED) today issued its latest Trends Report.1 Titled “The Challenge of Returning and Relocating Foreign Terrorist Fighters: Research Perspectives,” the report outlines a number of issues United Nations Member States are facing related to foreign terrorist fighters.

The current wave of foreign terrorist fighters (FTFs) shows clear differences compared to previous waves. The present wave is larger, increasingly global, and more diverse in terms of age, gender, and experience in conflict zones. These differences make the potential challenges associated with returnees and relocators significantly greater, but also more complex. One key challenge for Member States is to establish which returning individuals may pose a threat, or act as facilitators for acts of terrorism, in the future.

Despite military progress and enhanced counter-measures by Member States, the fate and location of a large proportion of foreign terrorist fighters is uncertain. Identifying and locating these remaining FTFs remains a critical priority for the international community, and is a major focus of the measures included in Security Council resolution 2396 (2017).

This resolution calls on Member States to develop tailored prosecution, rehabilitation, and reintegration strategies, including programmes that address radicalization in prisons, or are focused on the needs of children associated with foreign terrorist fighters.

The complete CTED Trends Report is available at


For additional information, please contact Mattias Sundholm, CTED, at this email address, or +1-917-628-3531.



1The CTED Trends Report is for informational purposes only, and does not necessarily represent the positions or views of the Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee or its Executive Directorate, CTED. The report is based on information collected from Member States and members of the Global Research Network (GRN).

2018-04-11T10:23:23+00:00 Wednesday, 11 April 2018|Foreign terrorist fighters, Research|