Would you hire a former terrorist to work for you? Islamic State fighters are returning to their homes in Europe from Syria, but many are starting to complain of their reduced job prospects upon going back.
Swedish Daily Expressen interviewed some terrorists who had returned to Sweden after fighting for ISIS, and found that few were able to get jobs, despit many changing their legal names.
“I just want to forget everything,” said a 27-year-old man formerly named Walad Yousef. “I apply for a lot of jobs, but I can’t get any because my pictures are out there.”
“That’s very strange. Anyone can say they’re me,” insisted a man exposed as a soldier in leaked ISIS documents. “I mean, it’s war. Maybe someone recommended me, I don’t know.”
According to the Daily Caller:
Another man refused to do an interview, saying he has “enough problems” since returning. Others said the purpose of their trip to Syria was to help civilians, despite leaked records obtained by Expressen indicating they joined the terror group.
The ones who pose the biggest threat to Europeans are unlikely to make it back, according to the defectors. “If you’ve decided you want to fight, you won’t go back,” a 34-year-old man told the newspaper.
European countries often fail to detect returnees and put them on trial. Freedom of movement within the European Union makes it difficult to track when alleged ISIS fighters return home. Supporting a terror group is not considered a crime in many countries as long as the person is not directly involved in criminal activities.