Denmark’s PET intelligence agency (equivalent to the CIA) is aware of at least 115 fighters who have traveled to Syria to fight with opposition militias. Nevertheless, not a single jihadist has been prosecuted in a Danish court so far. On the contrary, the Danish leftwing government has introduced an innovative rehabilitation programme that offers Danish fighters in Syria an escape route and help without prosecution.
The programme is part of a collaboration between welfare services and police in Aarhus – Denmark’s second largest city and home to several Wahhabi mosques and communities – offers treatment for shrapnel and gunshot wounds and psychological trauma to returning fighters and humanitarian volunteers as well as assisting them with finding work or resuming their education.
The programme also provides support to the families of those already in Syria, ranging from helping them stay in touch via Skype to liaising with government officials, consulates and intelligence agencies to help get their relatives home when they decide they want to leave.