How Denmark deals with returned Islamist fighters

IN Denmark, a country that has spawned more foreign fighters per capita than almost anywhere else, the port city of Aarhus is taking a novel approach by rolling out a welcome mat.

In Denmark, not one returned fighter has been locked up. Instead, taking the view that discrimination at home is as criminal as Islamic State recruiting, officials here are providing free psychological counselling while finding returnees jobs and spots in schools and universities. Officials credit a new effort to reach out to a radical mosque with staunching the flow of recruits.

Some progressives say Aarhus should become a model for other communities in the United States and Europe that are trying to cope with the question of what to do when the jihad generation comes back to town. In Australia, the federal government has tackled the issue by proposing laws that reverse the onus of proof for people returning from terrorism hot spots

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8 thoughts on “How Denmark deals with returned Islamist fighters

  1. You’re right Bryan, reverse onus of proof is a very bad idea. But not as bad as everything in Islam.

    Has it ever occurred to you that women’s equality and gay marriage equality and holding that Islam is no better or worse that Christianity are a kind of mutually exclusive set of options.

    Personally I’d just skip the next twenty years and simply bulldoze all Australian Mosques into the ground right now if I could simply achieve the deJure electoral mandate or letters patents for it. So by my estimation it’s twenty years away, short of a proper Russian led apocalypse type event. Islam isn’t the only anti-Christ in town but it seems to be taking more souls to hell than most others. IMHO and respectful of all multi cultic posters of course.


    • What I’m noticing is that many of these extremists aren’t immigrants, but home grown converts to Islam. Beginning to wonder if some of these lads have psych problems to start with , perhaps drug related, which cause them to convert in order to justify terrorist acts, in their perverted thinking!

      Seen elsewhere. “The ironic thing is world wide shock and awe media coverage is pumping oxygen into the flames, the next wacko is preparing for his 5 minutes of flame right now somewhere. These are terrorists going under the Islam banner for their own crazy purpose, not for the sake of Islam, though they may convince themselves.”

      Yet the extremists are genuine. They prey on the gullible, often the young.


  2. The Inquisition goes hand in glove with the Crusades – without which all Europe would be speaking Arabic. Not an historical revisionist. The Vietnam war prevented a domino effect, so neither the Crusades nor the Vietnam war were failures: though with 20/20 hindsight vision and the concession to liberal idealogues, both could have been averted with perfect knowledge..


    • Historian revision indeed. The domino theory was the idea that once the communist overthrow began in one country that others would involuntary yet undoubtedly follow. But of course the Communists won the war in Vietnam and the domino theory proved false. It was just an excuse for the US and Australia to get involved in the war. ,


      • So tell me Bryan, as a non-war supporter why you would be party to Islamists going to war.

        In case you haven’t noticed, Denmark is reputed to have spawned more fighters per capita than almost any other place. It is not hard to imagine why, given that they are allowed to return, and then provided services to integrate back into the population.

        Why as a Christian and a pacifist you would condone Islam spawning more fighters per capita by supporting them when they come back I don’t know.

        Could it be that you have misread the situation?


      • You really do jump to conclusions like an illogical schoolboy davinci/Hassan.

        I’m not a party to anyone going to war.

        The Denmark experience is an alternative to the “lock em all up” philosophy.At the national level, the Danish government recently announced the launch of a national “exit ­centre” for jihadists and others keen to leave their extremist groups. It’s also revoking the passports of those suspected of planning to travel to Syria, or withdrawing their residence permits if they’re not citizens. While fighters are screened, and those who have committed crimes are dealt with by the country’s justice system, the rest of the returnees are indeed given the option of reintegration. Considering that many of Isis’s members were radicalised in US military jails, giving the less dangerous ones among them a soft welcome home may be less quixotic than it sounds


  3. I wonder what percentage of fighters already had a job when the left the country to go to war?

    From what I’ve read, not all of them are down and out and lack integration. Quite a few are professionals i.e. architects, doctors…

    This might work with a few but I don’t know what the percentage would be.


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