Norwegians are split about Norwegian IS families

In this March 31, 2019, photo, women shop the marketplace at al-Hol camp in Hasakeh province, Syria. Security conditions in the al-Hol camp that is home to tens of thousands of wives and children of Islamic State group fighters has been bad for the past months and will likely get worse now that Turkey is on the offensive in northern Syria. The camp that is home to more than 70,000 has witnessed crimes carried out by IS women against residents whom they consider apostates. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)
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A scarce majority believes Norway should work actively to bring home the Norwegian IS women and their children, a Dagbladet survey shows.

In a survey Ipsos has conducted for Dagbladet, 48 percent agree in whole or in part that Norway should bring home the families of the Norwegian IS warriors, while 43 percent fully or partially oppose this.

Compared with similar surveys published six months ago, the figures show a growing proportion of Norwegian people who want them home. Half a year ago, about 30 percent of Norwegians were home-based, according to the newspaper.

KrF’s parliamentary leader Hans Fredrik Grøvan believes the investigation builds up under the party’s position in the matter that families should be brought home.

However, the party voted against the proposal by the Green Environment Party in Parliament to bring home a woman and her seriously ill son in al-Hol camp in Syria. They justified it by sitting in government.

– “The survey emphasizes that there is a widespread perception that Norway has a legal and moral obligation to bring these people home.” Grøvan tells Dagbladet.

Secretary of State Audun Halvorsen (H) in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs writes in an email to the newspaper that as the situation is such as now, it is not relevant to bring home these foreign warriors.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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