Since Islamic State (Isis or IS) proclaimed its caliphate over a year ago, the need for various types of support for community building has increased. As a result female recruitment has also escalated.
Not only warriors are in demand in the caliphate; women are lured by promises of getting a central role in the new Islamic state.
Swedish migration to Isis is the largest in the Nordic region in terms of numbers, and the second largest in Europe in relation to population size.
According to Säpo (the Swedish security police), over 300 people have travelled to Syria to fight for movements like Islamic State, with the confirmed figure for female travellers standing at 30-40 individuals.
The majority of these people come from western Sweden and Gothenburg. Just as for male Isis supporters there is a great risk that there are large hidden numbers.
‘Syria fighter’ loses Danish residence permit
The Danish Immigration Service (Udlændingestyrelsen – DIS) has revoked the residence permit of a so-called ‘Syria fighter’, marking the first time that a law passed in March of this year has been used to rescind an individual’s legal residency in Denmark.
The new law gives police the right to confiscate passports and impose travel bans on Danish citizens suspected of planning to travel to Syria or Iraq to fight.