Muslims in Australia Becoming Radicalized at Much Younger Ages

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Radicalized Muslim youth (Illustrative Photo: © AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP/Getty Images)

Muslims in Australia are becoming radicalized at an alarmingly younger age, according to new data presented by the head of the country’s intelligence organization, as reported by International Business Times.

Statistics culled from 2013 indicated that 45 percent of Sunni extremist investigated by the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) were between the ages of 25 and 34. Just two years later, in 2015, 40 percent of those under investigation were between 15 and 24.

Thus the age-group of youth investigated for radicalization has “dropped by a decade in the space of a couple of years,” said Duncan Lewis, ASIO’s director-general.

Duncan also noted the percentage of Muslims under suspicion of being radicalized accounts for less than 0.1 percent of Australia’s nearly half-a-million Muslim population.

“The other 99.9% of Australian Muslims are not involved in activities of security concern in any way and are of no interest to the Australian Security Intelligence Organization,” he said.

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Meira Svirsky

Meira Svirsky is the editor of ClarionProject.org