If they can’t be legally deported or banned from returning, change the damn law…
“No comment” on ISIS fighters
Turku’s Turun Sanomat reports that the Finnish Security Intelligence Service (Supo) has declined to comment on whether or not there are Finnish nationals among the former ISIS fighters being held prisoner in Syria.
According to Supo, more than 80 Finnish citizens travelled to fight in conflict zones in Syria and Iraq mainly during the period 2012-2016. It is believed that approximately 20 were killed and around 20 have previously returned to Finland.
Officials say that actual figure of those who traveled to take part in the conflict could be higher. Supo says that around 20 of those known to have gone to Syria or Iraq were adult women, and an estimated 30 children, some of whom have now reached adulthood. There are also children with ties to Finland who were born in ISIS-controlled areas.
A spokesperson for the Security Intelligence Service declined to confirm or deny that Finnish nationals are among ISIS prisoners in Syria, saying that the information concerns Supo’s “operational activities”.
Prime Minister Juha Sipilä recently told Yle that Finland has no interest in taking back ISIS combatants. However, by law, citizens have freedom of movement and cannot be prevented from entering the country, cannot be expelled, and cannot be returned to another country against their will.
Parliament is, however, looking at a proposal to enable stripping a dual national of Finnish citizenship for certain serious offenses.