Sweden: Gov't should help Islamists leave extremism, says minister

Sweden: Gov't should help Islamists leave extremism, says minister

Meanwhile, in the UK Foreign Office is helping Islamists who want their names removed from the UN and US terror lists.  The Foreign Office says the men are not associated with al-Qaeda and the Taliban any longer.


Sweden needs to do more to help young "violence-affirming Islamists" turn their backs on extremist organizations, minister for integration Nyamko Sabuni said on Tuesday.

"Either society helps support their way back to a normal life, or we have a ticking bomb in our society," Sabuni told Sveriges Radio (SR).

She added that she has tasked the Swedish National Board for Youth Affairs (Ungdomsstyrelsen) to survey the needs of people who need assistance quitting Islamic extremist groups.

Sweden has previously supported people's efforts to leave neo-Nazi groups, but according to Sabuni, similar programmes need to be developed for young people who are drawn to violent Islamic extremism.

"We've identified a number of networks and organizations which primarily recruit young people who feel excluded from society," Sabuni told SR.

"We also know that there are many who want to leave these organizations, but who don't always have support from society."


Source: The Local (English)

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