Almost all Muslims who have traveled from Sweden to join the terrorist organizations ISIS, have funded their trips with the help of government grants, shows a new report released this week. Meanwhile, a man who traveled from Örebro, was employed by the municipality shortly before his second trip, reports SVT.
Around 300 people have traveled from Sweden to Iraq and Syria to join the terrorist organization. Some 20 come from Örebro. In a report commissioned by the FSA, it appears that almost everyone who traveled, have received some form of state grants that may have financed the trip.
- I would not be surprised if it was the same way here, says Fredrik Malm, a police officer in Örebro.
Above all it is about contributions from the social welfare office, such as housing allowances, child benefits, but many have also received student loans.
- It was not surprising, we have seen the same pattern in other countries. Most surprising was that almost all had grants in some form, said Magnus Ranstorp, terrorism researcher and one of those who wrote the report.
In addition to grants, various scams and loans have been ways to finance the trips. By using so-called SMS loans, people have quickly gained access to the money. Meanwhile, companies will likely not get the money back, as the customers have left the country.
- Some of those who traveled from Örebro, are suspects of fraud. Shortly before the trip, they took up loans that they did not intend to pay back, says Fredrik Malm.
In at least one case, a person who returned from the war zone to Örebro, got a job in the municipality. After working for some time, the person has traveled back to IS territory and is suspected of having joined the terrorist organization again.
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