SHAFAQNA -Â As ofÂ late, Scandinavia could easily be Europe’s main jihadist recruitment center, asÂ more and more Swedish, Norwegian and Finnish citizens are traveling toÂ the Middle East toÂ join the Islamic jihad asÂ members ofÂ terrorist organizations. Oftentimes, these people come back toÂ their home countries to “rest” or even worse, toÂ recruit new jihadists. The situation is particularly bad inÂ Sweden, where such recruiting “agencies” have spread all overÂ the country, the newspaper said.
To tackle the problem, the Swedish government responded withÂ a strategy ofÂ reintegrating former jihadist-returnees. According toÂ this program, jihadist fighters who are now back inÂ Sweden will receive a number ofÂ social benefits, including low-cost housing and help withÂ finding employment. Needless toÂ say, this has caused anger and resentment fromÂ the rest ofÂ Swedish public, Fria Tider said.
Members ofÂ the Swedish Democrats, a far-right populist political party, proposed another strategy that is becoming ever-more popular.
“If it was the will ofÂ Swedish Democrats, these people will never return toÂ Sweden. And those who are involved inÂ recruitment and training ofÂ future jihadists must be expelled fromÂ the country and deprived ofÂ citizenship,” the Swedish Democrats’ political secretary Pontus Andersson told Fria Tider.
Considering that the far-right party is gaining popularity, one could expect that soon the country will finally get rid ofÂ former terrorists. When that happens one could only guess where these “Nordic” jihadists will go, the Swedish newspaper concluded.