Select cities in Sweden have decided to provide taxpayer funded benefits to jihadists who return to the country after battling against ISIS in the Middle East, including free housing, debt forgiveness and driving lessons.
It’s all part and parcel of the municipalities’ optimistic re-integration plan for those jihadis with Swedish passports who simply went overseas to fight the terror gropu.
But is this a proper expenditure of taxpayer dollars?
Breitbart has the story:
“Several municipalities in Sweden are making plans for how they plan to “re-integrate” returning jihadis as Iraqi and Kurdish soldiers launch an offensive on Islamic State’s terrorist stronghold, Mosul.
“The conclusion of authorities in the medieval city of Lund, which has dealt with returning fighters before, is that defectors from the Salafist supremacist terror group should be handled in the same way as those who leave the organised crime scene.
“Practical support in such a situation entails the state first evaluating the needs of returning jihadis, before helping them with housing, employment, and day-to-day welfare as it rules necessary.
“Municipal coordinator against extremism Anna Sjöstrand said: “There may be criticism, but [I think] that you should get the same help as others who seek help from us. We cannot say that because you made a wrong choice, you have no right to come back and live in our society,” Sjöstrand told Sveriges Radio.
“Sjöstrand and the city are backing a report from the National Coordination Against Violent Extremism which advises on how terrorists can be “reintegrated” into Swedish society with the help of state funding.”
The report’s author said the taxpayer funded venture makes common sense.
As Breitbart reported, Christoffer Carlsson said:
“‘When people leave [extremist groups], they want to start something else, but if they don’t have the resources to do it, it will be difficult for them to make it a reality.’
“Without such support paid for by Swedish taxpayers, Carlsson insisted ‘there is a great risk [jihadis] will be unable to leave the extremist environment and fall back into it.’”
But not all are on board with the idea.
“Magnus Norell, a researcher specialising in the Middle East and terrorism, says authorities should not treat Islamism in the same way as other kinds of extremism, warning that failure to punish terrorists who return will encourage people to continue traveling for jihad.
“‘Islamic extremism is now the most dangerous threat, and require much more determined action by politicians and authorities,’ he told Axess TV following the terror attacks in Paris last November.”