Sweden is seeing an increasing number of families returning from fighting for the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, but the children of extremist couples are not automatically taken into custody by the authorities.
Swedish social services worker Bettan Byvald said that even if the agency could prove that the returning Islamic State supporters had taken their children to Syria or Iraq, they would not automatically take the children into protective custody.
In an interview with Sveriges Radio, Byvald said: “All cases are assessed individually. Some of the children who came to Gothenburg from Islamic State areas have been taken care of by the social services, while others have stayed with the parents.”
In the Swedish city of Örebro, there are no directives on dealing with the children of returning Islamic State supporters at all. Lena Mantler, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility in Örebro, said the children of those returning from Islamic State territory would be treated the same as Swedish children and they would only act if existing laws were violated.
Don’t worry they’re just reading jihadi tales to their kids. What could go wrong?