Authorities are honing in on Canadians travelling overseas to fight with terrorist groups like ISIS.
So far the attention appears to be on Eastern Canada but what makes Metro Vancouver’s Muslim community different?
Last month charges were laid against a Burnaby man, but for the most part the focus on preventing radicalization has been in Ontario and Quebec.
SFU’s Andre Gerylomatos says the muslim community here has a more moderate Asian influence, but he thinks that could change.
“Think of it as a wave…it first hits the East Coast, and slowly slowly moves Westward…it will happen here.”
Itrath Syed grew up in Vancouver’s muslim community.
She thinks it has more to do with isolation.
“They don’t represent people in their communities…they are generally people who are estranged.”
Syed adds there may be a better chance of radicalization in larger communities, simply because there are more people.