In a landmark decision between the government and its right-wing allies, Denmark won’t recognize ISIS (Islamic State) children as Danish nationals, and will make it easier to revoke citizenship from their terrorist parents in absentia, with no court proceedings involved.
Sputnik News The children of Denmark’s jihadists who left their country to join the terrorists’ cause in the Middle East will no longer be automatically granted Danish citizenship, according to a new agreement between the government and the right-wing Danish People’s Party.
Integration Minister Inger Støjberg of the ruling liberal-conservative party Venstre, said the practice of automatically granting citizenship must end.
“They are born to parents who have turned their backs on Denmark, and therefore should not belong in Denmark”, Støjberg told Danish Radio.
“They were born down there. They have never known Denmark, they have no connection with Denmark, and we must remember that their parents chose to go down to the warzone and fight with the the Islamic State. And so they have to accept the consequences”, Langballe said.
The Danish People’s Party’s spokesman Christian Langballe welcomed this step, stressing that it is consistent with his party’s wishes.
In another legislative step, the government agreed to make it possible to revoke “foreign fighters'” citizenship administratively, that is without a court being involved. However, the latter punishment will only apply to jihadists with dual citizenship.
Langballe stressed the paramount importance of this step.“We don’t want them back home”, Langballe explained, citing the exceptional threat from returning jihadists. “In France alone, they committed this terrible attack in Bataclan, killing 129 people”.
According to the Danish Police Intelligence Service’s (PET) assessment, 150 people have left Denmark for Iraq and Syria to join the jihadists’ cause since 2012. About 40 of them are still believed to be in the Middle East. About a third of the Danish jihadists are believed to have returned. A total of 13 have been indicted in Denmark so far.
A Friday prayer session at one of Copenhagen’s central squares by Hizb ut-Tahrir, an Islamic extremist organization that seeks to establish a Sharia-governed regime and is forbidden in many countries, has been confronted by Danish nationalists, who oppose all immigration from the Middle East. The counter-demonstration included the burning of a quran wrapped in bacon.
Stram Kurs med Rasmus Paludan i spidsen brænder koranen og synger sammen, mens Hitzb ut-Tahrir beder fredagsbøn og andre demonstrerer.
Alt foran Christiansborg under massiv politi- og mediebevågenhed. #stramkurs #paludan #rasmuspaludan #koran #quran #quranburning #burningquran pic.twitter.com/yByYIfFWQ6
— presse fotos (@pressefotosdk) March 22, 2019
Denmark’s policy back in 2017 was radically different where the Danish government was paying welfare and disability payments to Danish jihadists who returned from fighting with ISIS
“ISIS jihadis from Denmark were even given HOUSES and JOBS upon their return from Syria as part of ‘hug a jihadi’ campaign,” reported Express, August 10, 2017. They were being offered apartments, education and jobs and programs to reintegrate the radicalized Muslim fighters back into society.
Even worse, Breitbart News reported how at least thirty-two jihadists were paid over 400,000 Danish Krone (£45,000) in unemployment benefits while fighting for the Islamic State in 2015. Treatment of returning jihadists was notoriously lenient, with jihadists directed to counselling and job schemes rather than prison.
This revelation led to Justice Minister Mette Frederiksen calling for Danish nationals joining terror organisations abroad to be charged with treason.