A large proportion of terrorists in Tunisia are university graduates (study)
26/10/2016 18:24, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP) - "About 40% of a sample of 1,000 Tunisian terrorists are university graduates or have a university degree while 33% have a high school diploma," Imen Kochbati doctor in sociology and demography said Wednesday.

Presenting the results of the first study by the Tunisian Centre of Research and Study on Terrorism entitled "terrorism in Tunisia through court records," Imen Kochbati added that 13% of the sample studied, which involved 384 court cases submitted between 2011 and 2015, are graduates from vocational training centres and 4% are secondary school graduates.

The same study indicates that the age groups 25-29 years (275), 30-34 (243) and 18-24 years (204 people) are the most targeted by terrorist networks in Tunisia.

Of a total of 1,000 terrorists, 965 are men and 35 are women. More than half (536) are single and 239 married while divorced or widowed represent only about 1%.

Kochbati said failed development model and inadequacy between the education system and labor market needs as well as the failure of the vocational training system and its inability to attract young people led to the growing unemployment rate in Tunisia and blocking prospects.

Regarding the geographical distribution of terrorists, the study refers to three groups, and this according to their places of residence.

The first includes the 7 regions with the largest number of terrorists. These are Tunis (181), Sidi Bouzid (138), Ariana (61), Jendouba (53), Kasserine (52), Medenine (51) and Bizerte (50).

The second group includes 13 regions where the number of terrorist varies between 49 and 13. They are Sousse (49) Nabeul (43), Kairouan (39), Ben Arous (35), Manouba (31) Kef (27), Monastir (24), Gafsa (23) Zaghouan (21) Kebili (19) Tataouine (18), Sfax (16) and Mahdia (13).

The fourth group comprises 4 areas where there are 20 terrorists spread over Gabes (8), Beja (6), Siliana (5) and Tozeur (1).

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