Women and children involved in IS groups returning to their home countries says EU

Vastavam web:  Women and children involved with groups like Islamic State are increasingly returning to their home countries in Europe, with some posing a terror risk, a senior EU official said today.The “new trend” of females and juveniles coming back from Middle East war zones means European countries must find special methods of dealing with them, said Michele Coninsx, president of the EU judicial agency Eurojust.”We see that females and young children are coming back to Europe and they need special attention,” Coninsx told a European Parliament committee as she released a report on the issue.

Debate among EU states on the issue was complicated because the fact that an individual returning from IS-held areas is a woman or child does not in itself mean they cannot pose a security risk, Coninsx said.The situation with children was especially sensitive, and one that European juvenile criminal justice systems would have to start adapting to, Coninsx said.”Minors coming back as victims must be taken care of in a very well adapted way,” she said.But even for young people turned into “killing machines” in the brutal conditions in IS territory “must also be taken care of in the best possible way,” she added. But she highlighted the uneven legal ground in Europe, with some but not all member states punishing female returnees after only having cooked for or helped male jihadists in other ways.

Returns of male fighters however “do not seem to be increasing” despite IS losses in Mosul in Iraq and its spiritual capital of Raqa in Syria, she said.”On the contrary, we see more chance that they are going to be relocated in the war zones and there will be shifts from Syria, Iraq to other regions in the neighbourhood,” Coninsx said.