A survey of students at eight Quebec CEGEPs published Tuesday has led to some surprising conclusions about what makes youths vulnerable to radicalization — and what may shield them from it.

For one, the youths most supportive of violence did not fit the profile we are used to hearing from police or politicians: It turns out Quebecers and second-generation immigrants are more likely to turn to violent solutions than first-generation immigrants.

What's more, religion — and religious or spiritual practice — can protect youths from becoming radicalized to violence, the survey suggests, upending our common notions of religiously motivated youths joining Daesh or other jihadi groups.

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