In the last two days, Denmark and Germany have brought home a total of 11 IS women and 37 children. The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs says they “participate in the debate”, but we will not say anything about how they can comply with Norwegian IS women’s desire for assistance.
Last week in September, Abdulkarim Omar, foreign policy spokesman for the Kurdish autonomous authorities in northern Syria, went out and made a demand to Norway: Bring home four Norwegian IS women, with four children.
The women risk deportation from Syria, but the Kurdish authorities admit that they can practically not send anyone to Norway by force: a repatriation agreement is needed.
In September, Sweden brought IS women and their child home. Now Denmark and Germany have done the same. VG has asked the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for a comment on several countries in Northern Europe now repatriating their citizens.
– The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is following the situation for Norwegian foreign fighters and their children, and is concerned about the children who are in camps in Syria. These children are living in difficult conditions and are in a serious situation for their parents. We are aware that other countries are also following the situation closely, says State Secretary Jens Frølich Holte to VG.
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He confirms that of the remaining Norwegian women who are in camps in Syria have requested Norwegian information about consular assistance.
– Out of consideration for the duty of confidentiality, we can not comment on further details. Should it become relevant for the Foreign Service to assist some of the Norwegian citizens who would stay in Syria to travel to Norway, we will take into account the security of those involved, not comment on this public, says the Secretary of State and adds the following:
– All Norwegian citizens have the right to travel into Norway. Norway does not have an obligation under international law to actively repatriate foreign fighters or their child. Norway participates constructively in the debate on repatriation to the UN. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has not received any inquiries about the deportation of Norwegian citizens.
In January last year, Norway brought home a Norwegian IS woman (29) and her two children, due to one child’s health condition. The woman was sentenced in May to three and a half years in prison for participating, and has appealed the verdict.
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In June 2019, Norway retrieved five orphaned Norwegian children from Syria after the children’s ethnic Norwegian IS mother had been missing, presumed dead.
On Thursday, it was confirmed that three Danish women and 14 children have landed in Denmark after leaving a Kurdish-controlled prison camp in Syria. The women are accused of having joined IS.
The 17 were on Danish soil on Thursday, lawyers for the women confirm to Danish TV2 and DR. The women and children left the al-Roj camp in northern Syria early Wednesday morning.
They were on a plane that landed in Frankfurt, Germany as after midnight. Eight women and 23 children left, the German Foreign Ministry said. The three Danish women and their 14 children landed at Karup airport in Central Jutland later night until Thursday, writes Extra Bladet.
The three women traveled to Syria in 2014 where they joined the extremist group IS. One of the women has dual citizenship, while the other two are ethnic Danes. Nine of the 14 children were born in Denmark and traveled with their mothers to Syria. The five youngest children were born in Syria, reports DR.
Work is now underway to bring home another five children with Danish connections from prison camps in Syria, reports the news agency Ritzau. However, this requires the consent of the children’s three mothers, who have been deprived of their citizenship and who the Danish government will not bring home. The five children and their mothers are therefore still in prison camps.
One month ago, three Swedish women and their eight children traveled from Syria to Sweden. Two of the three women were arrested shortly after by the police. Today, one of them is in custody while the other has been released.
– The children are not responsible
Germany has brought home eight women who joined the terrorist group IS, as well as 23 children, the German Foreign Ministry informs.
They come from the al-Roj camp in northern Syria. It is the largest repatriation since 2019.
– The children are not responsible for the situation they are in. The mothers will be able to be responsible for the sinus handler, says Foreign Minister Heiko Maas in a statement.
Furthermore, Maas says that many of them were taken into custody as soon as they arrived in Germany.
According to Der Spiegel, women are between 30 and 38 years old and they come from regions throughout Germany.
On board the plane were also three women and 14 children who were brought home from Denmark as part of the same operation, according to Germany.
There have been discussions about how to treat citizens that can be used to stop staying after the group was defeated in Syria in 2019. Most European countries treat home care on a case-by-case basis.
Germany, together with Finland, brought home five women and 18 children in December last year.
One month ago, three Swedish women and their eight children traveled from Syria to Sweden. Two of the three women were arrested shortly after.
In total, there is talk of bringing home a total of twelve Swedish women and 22 children from the camps.