illegal migration
European Union
United States


This article provides a preliminary assessment of the relationships between illegal migration, jihadist terrorism, and the perceptions of migrants by citizens of Western countries. The research was based on officially available data on terrorism provided by Europol and the results of surveys conducted by the Pew Research Centre or IPSOS. Assessments of the migration-terrorism nexus used a quantitative and qualitative analysis method, as well as a document and scientific literature research method. The results of most studies on the links between terrorism and migration indicate that there are insufficient correlations between these phenomena. However, the issue of the vulnerability of second and third-generation migrants to radicalization is significant. Vigilance on this issue is important in order to maintain adequate security for those who could become victims of potential terrorist attacks.


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