People who converted to Islam are far more likely to travel to fight in Syria and Iraq than the general Dutch Muslim population, according to a report by terrorism specialists.

Of the 280 Dutch 'jihadgangers', 17% are converts, compared to just over 2% of all Muslims, the The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies concluded.

The figures are similar in Germany and France, where respectively 12% and 13% of those who travel to the conflict chose to join the religion.

Reinier Bergema, who carried out the research, also noted that 61% of converts who went to fight in the war were women, even though they made up just 26% of the total number of Dutch combatants.

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