Denmark Mulls Repatriation Of Jihadists' Children
Umer Jamshaid 13 days ago Tue 30th March 2021 | 11:06 PM
Denmark's government said on Tuesday it was considering repatriating the children of Danish jihadists in Syria, changing tack as numerous European countries grapple with what to do
Copenhagen, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 30th Mar, 2021 ) :Denmark's government said on Tuesday it was considering repatriating the children of Danish jihadists in Syria, changing tack as numerous European countries grapple with what to do.
Copenhagen announced it had set up a commission to study the conditions for the children's potential return to Denmark "as soon as possible", the foreign ministry said in a statement.
The commission is to present its conclusions on May 15.
A total of 19 children of Danish nationals are currently in the al-Hol and Roj camps in Syria.
Denmark's minority Social Democratic government had until now been firmly opposed to their repatriation, but a majority of MPs insisted it change its position because of the humanitarian situation in the camps and the risk of radicalisation.
A recent poll showed 49 percent of Danes were opposed to the repatriation of children aged one to 14.
"The situation in the camps continues to deteriorate. The security and health conditions are poor, and there is a widespread lack of basic services, including medicines, healthcare and drinking water," said the ministry.
"This affects the children -- who in contrast to their parents are not responsible for their current situation -- particularly hard." Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen has meanwhile reiterated in recent days that the parents would not be repatriated.
Of them, 27,500 are foreign minors.