Sweden: Returning Islamic State jihadis to get free housing, driver’s license, tax benefits
Some people’s balloon never lands. These besotted multiculturalists live in a fantasy world of their own making. Probably even as they are being beheaded by a returning jihadi, they will be congratulating themselves in their final moments for being “welcoming” and “non-judgmental.”
“Breaking: IS terrorists to get free license and housing in Sweden,” translated from “Nu klart: IS-terrorister får gratis körkort och bostad i Sverige,” Fria Tider, October 18, 2016 (thanks to Fjordman):
Muslims who return to Sweden after joining the terrorist organization Islamic state, IS, in the Middle East can be offered tax benefits which include drivers education, free housing and even debt restructuring.
Radio Sweden spoke to Christoffer Carlsson, author of a report for the national coordinator against violent extremism, which gathers examples of how the terrorists are to be “reintegrated” into Swedish society with the help of state funds.
“It’s directly through social, economic and material means. You need to be able to reintegrate into the job market, you may need to have a driver’s license, debt settlement and shelter. When people leave, they want to leave for something else, but they do not have the resources to do so, so it is difficult for them to realize their plans,” says Christoffer Carlsson.
Without these kinds of benefits at the Swedish taxpayers’ expense, there is a risk that terrorists “do not succeed” in leaving the Muslim extremist environment, stresses Carlsson.
Anna Sjöstrand, municipal coordinator against violent extremism in Lund, also participated in Radio Sweden’s report. She points out that one cannot deny the terrorists tax benefits just because they made a “wrong choice.
We cannot say that because you made a wrong choice, you have no right to come back and live in our society, said Anna Sjöstrand to SR.
Why not, exactly? The Islamic State is at war with Sweden. What evidence does Anna Sjöstrand have that the returning jihadis will not continue to pursue this war?
“Municipalities prepare for defection from violent extremism,” translated from “Kommuner förbereder för avhopp från våldsbejakande extremism,” Radio Sweden, October 18, 2016 (thanks to Fjordman):
Around 140 Swedes have so far returned after having joined the violent groups in Syria and Iraq. Now several municipalities are preparing to work with those who want to defect. This could include offering practical support to defectors.
One of the few known cases where someone defected after having joined the IS is in Lund. Although violent extremism existed in Lund before that, this case raised the issue of what to do when Swedes began to travel to Syria and Iraq to fight with extremist groups.
“When the subject first came up, we thought ‘Oh God, how should we handle this,’ but pretty quickly we realized that we should deal with this in the same way. This is a concern like any other concern whatsoever,” says Anna Sjöstrand, who is the municipal coordinator against violent extremism.
Lund’s conclusion is that defectors from violent extremist groups should be handled like defectors from other environments, such as organized crime. After an investigation of the person’s needs, the municipality can help with housing, employment or livelihood.
This approach is supported by a report by the national coordinator against violent extremism. The report’s author, Christoffer Carlsson, says that a person who wants to leave extremist environments often needs support to be able to do it.
“It’s directly through social, economic and material means. You need to be able to reintegrate into the job market, you may need to have a driver’s license, debt settlement and shelter. When people leave, they want to leave for something else, but they do not have the resources to it, so it is difficult for them to realize their plans,” says Christoffer Carlsson.
“If they do not receive support, the risk is great that they will be unable to leave the extremist environment, but instead fall back into it,” says Christoffer Carlsson.
“Then they might make an attempt and fail because they do not have anything holding out another chance to them, so instead there is always something to go back to, namely the group they left,” says Christoffer Carlsson.
Malmö, Borlänge and Örebro also have similar views on how to support defectors. Last year, the Municipality of Örebro received some criticism for offering an internship to a young man who returned after having been in Syria.
Anna Sjöstrand, municipal coordinator against violent extremism in Lund, does not agree with the criticism. It is wrong to assume that people have to serve any punishment; they should all have the same support, she says.
“There may be such criticism, but for me it is difficult to think along those lines. They 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,” says Anna Sjöstrand.