It turns out that Sweden has been literally paying Jihadis to go and fight in Syria and Iraq using taxpayer money. In a study of more than 300 returning Jihadis, the fighters were claiming money from the government in the form of Welfare Fraud.
Many Jihadis also received government loans to “study abroad”, which total thousands of dollars.
According to the Daily Caller:
A study of 300 Swedish citizens who fought in Syria and Iraq between 2013 and 2016 shows jihadis are getting increasingly good at getting away with welfare fraud. The individuals often use a person in Sweden to handle paperwork and create the illusion that they’re still in the country.
“It’s not surprising, we’ve seen the same pattern in other countries,” Magnus Ranstorp, one of the authors behind the report, told state broadcaster SVT. “What’s most surprising is that close to everyone received it in some form. The oversight process needs to get better.”
Sweden is not the only European country to be caught paying benefits to Jihadis. Just recently, Denmark tried to overturn its own laws to stop payments to fighters who were claiming disability benefits.
“It is a huge scandal that we disburse money from the welfare fund in Denmark for people who go to Syria,” Employment Minister Troels Lund Poulsen told the Berlinske newspaper in a February interview. “Staying in a war zone and directly or indirectly taking part in military operations is not something that is in any way compatible with receiving disability benefits.”