November 8, 2013
Following press coverage about Dutch Muslims traveling to Syria to join armed struggle, television programme EenVandaag reports on the fate of those who return to the Netherlands. The Dutch Muslim fighters who have to date returned from Syria have not been arrested and prosecuted but have been given a job or course and accommodation.
An estimated 20 men have returned from Syria and have been taken up in ‘deradicalization’ courses on return to the Netherlands. The program involves finding the men training and jobs, and arranging homes for them if necessary.
The Netherlands is thus diverging from Belgium, where returning fighters are immediately arrested and prosecuted.
NIS News– http://www.nisnews.nl/returning-jihadists-not-arrested-but-helped.html
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