Former ISIS Fighters in Swedish Schools

An investigation by the Swedish media “Expressen” revealed that around twenty former Islamic State jihadists have held positions in leisure centers, nursery schools or even within social services since their return to the Scandinavian country. The Minister of Education, Lotta Edholm, deplores a “naive” policy concerning the return and monitoring of Swedish ex-Islamist combatants.

Revelations which come just a few days after the terrorist attack in Brussels, which cost the lives of two Swedes this Monday, October 16. According to an investigation by the Swedish media Expressen and cited by Euractiv, since their return from jihad, around twenty former fighters of the Islamic State (IS) now work with children, young people or even vulnerable people.

Out of 83 individuals identified as having returned to the territory of the Scandinavian country after leaving areas controlled by the terrorist organization (IS) in Syria, 24 have in fact found employment in the public sector, whether in leisure centers, nursery schools or within social services, despite warnings from the security services that these people could contribute to the recruitment and radicalization process of the Islamic State in Sweden.


The information quickly sparked a reaction in Sweden. “It is completely unacceptable that ISIS terrorists work in Swedish schools, leisure centers, etc. This should not be allowed,” Education Minister Lotta Edholm told reporters, adding that Swedish politics and society had been naive on the subject.

According to the minister who is a member of the Liberal Party (Renew Europe), employers in the school system should particularly better monitor the background of their employees. “It is the employer’s responsibility, for example, to ask for letters of recommendation and to verify what the person has done before being hired. In these cases, this was clearly not the case,” she regretted.

But the minister also deplored blatant lack of communication between the country’s security agencies and other public administrations. “The authorities must work together. We are looking at how we can remove secrecy between agencies so that police, social services and schools can talk to each other without confidentiality being an obstacle,” she detailed. And he insisted: “The information concerning these people is clearly held by Säpo [a security agency, Editor’s note]. It is obvious that this information must reach schools in one way or another. » After these revelations, an investigation was opened.

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