Written by Student Rights on 17 June 2016 at 4am

The Huffington Post: Malia Bouattia, NUS President-Elect, Links Government Cuts To Terror Group Recruitment

By George Bowden

16th June 2016

The privatisation of education has encouraged young people to join terror groups in Syria such as Islamic State, the new National Union of Students president has said.

Malia Bouattia, 28, told a debate last night that those travelling to the war-torn country to join groups fighting there “feel so disempowered they’re left with no choice”. 

Mass unemployment and the closure of youth centres had worsened their desperation, she added.

In audio obtained by The Huffington Post UK, Bouattia is heard telling the Bindmans UCL Faculty of Laws debate:

“To answer the question around what is leading people to taking certain actions and joining these groups and wanting to inflict violence, I’d say it surrounds the political climate which we’re in.”