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Report finds Arab youth reject IS group and want less religion in their lives

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A report published this week shows that young people in the Arab world want more stability and less religion in their lives.

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Most consider the Islamic State (IS) group terrorist organisation to be the primary threat to the Arab world and want religion to play a smaller role in their lives, the report found. And fewer and fewer of them think that the Arab Spring brought improvements to the region, according to the 8th Annual Arab Youth Survey published April 12 by Penn Schoen Berland, an American research firm.

Penn Schoen Berland conducted 3,500 interviews with those aged 18 to 24 in 16 countries across the Middle East and North Africa to discover the aspirations and concerns of the 200 million young people in the Arab world.

The study, carried out between January 11 and February 22 of this year, offers a snapshot of young Arabs who are worried about the declining world economy and the rise of radical Islam. Young Arabs also feel that Iran is gaining influence in the region and that relations between Shiites and Sunnis are rapidly deteriorating.

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