Women in the Caliphate: The Repatriation Solution and Long-term Responsibility of the West

Ms. Emma MacTavish
Mr. Haval Ahmad

Since the rise of extremist groups within the Middle East, young women have begun participating in these movements as the brides of radicalized fighters. With these women migrating to the Middle East from all parts of the world and with the recent defeat of the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, there is now the challenge of repatriating these women back to their home countries. There exists an intense debate on whether these women are entitled to repatriation as a human right or whether they lose these rights to citizenship, which renders them stateless. This paper considers these issues to assess the long-term consequences and impact of repatriation or revocation of citizenship. With the method of qualitative case study methodology, anecdotal narratives, and open-source media, this paper will evaluate this impact on Western governments.