If travelling to Syria and Iraq is so strongly frowned upon, how have almost 600 people been able to…

8th April 2015 By ,   2 Comments

Two West Yorkshire teenagers are the latest in a line of stories in the news about UK teens escaping to Syria to fight on both sides of the conflict with Islamic State. But how are they doing it?

*This is us officially stating, this is in no way a tool, a guide or endorsement. Simply investigative and explanatory journalism.*

The UK’s foreign and commonwealth office advise against ALL travel to Syria.
There is widespread fighting in the majority of the country, air strikes and high threats of kidnapping and terrorism.
It’s not illegal to travel there, just very, very dangerous.
But anyone who has left for Syria and whose activities amount to terrorism under UK law could be prosecuted on return by the UK government.
But hey, what do these guys know? So far it’s thought 600 people from the UK have travelled to Syria and Iraq.

europe_map_politicalKNOW WHERE YOU’RE GOING

Syria is in the Middle East, next to Iraq and Turkey.
Many of the Brits that have travelled are flying to Turkey and slipping through the border into Syria, which is infamously easy to slip through undetected. Mini-buses shuttle people to remote parts of the country where the border is less well maintained.
Others have gone to the island of Cyprus and then sailed across.
You could always ask an expert: Not everyone has the best knowledge when it comes to these matters – so one individual posted on the Lonely Planet Traveler website asking for information on which borders were open to them.


As S.o.R. reported earlier the UK is bringing in exit checks at all borders. So you’d better have a good reason for travelling.
Some people have claimed they were going on holiday or staying with relatives, whilst others say their reason for travelling is Humanitarian or Charity work
The two West Yorkshire teenagers who travelled to Turkey on 31st March told their families they were going on a school trip. They are now believed to be in Syria fighting with Islamic State.


Sign up to our weekly news roundup, The Week: Decoded.
Follow @scenesofreason and like us on Facebook here.


  1. […] Four million people have left the country since the start of the conflict. These migrants have been travelling through countries like Libya, attempting to reach safety in Europe. But that hasn’t stopped UK citizens travelling to the country and joining forces with Islamic Stat… […]

  2. […] State as “one of the biggest threats our world has faced.”  With more and more UK citizens leaving the country to join IS in Syria and Iraq the pressure is mounting on the UK government to intervene. Cameron has also […]

Leave a Reply