This quaint lowland city has become the unlikeliest hotbed of terrorism in the world. If you’re looking for why, the answer’s not hard to find.
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The mayor of Molenbeek (pop. 90,000) has called her district “a breeding ground for violence” and it’s easy to see why. Molenbeek’s unemployment rate is 30%, treble the national average, with youth unemployment thought to be around 40%. Some suggest the issues of poverty, overcrowding, as well as the government’s failure to integrate immigrants, has created a hotbed of jihadism.