What EU Member States can learn from Kosovo’s experience in repatriating former foreign fighters and their families

The small Western Balkan nation of Kosovo repatriated 110 citizens, including men, women, and children, in April 2019, making it one of a very small number of countries that has actively repatriated citizens involved with the Islamic State.

This policy brief examines Kosovo’s response to the phenomenon of foreign fighters, how the return of foreign fighters and their families from Syria has been handled, and what has happened during the year since their return. The brief also includes what lessons can be learned by EU countries, including the Netherlands,in handling the complex issue of how to manage the return of foreign fighters and their families.

This policy brief is supported by a grant from the Foundation Open Society Institute in cooperation with the OSIFE of the Open Society Foundations.