Denmark says the law makes it impossible for them to cut “sickness” and “disability” payments to terrorists fighting in Syria. Welcome to another catastrophe handed to Europe and Scandinavia by the left.
Governments across Europe have accidentally paid taxpayer-funded welfare benefits such as unemployment funds, disability pensions and housing allowances to Islamic State militants who have used the money to wage war in Iraq and Syria, authorities and terrorism experts say.
Danish officials said this week that 29 citizens were given $100,000 in public pension benefits because they were considered too ill or disabled to work, and they then fled to Syria to fight for the radical group.
Denmark has one of the world’s most generous social-welfare systems, which provides eligible unemployed people up to $120 a day. In addition to trying to reclaim the benefits accidentally disbursed, the government is trying to tighten legislation for welfare claims made by suspected militants.
“It is a huge scandal that we disburse money from the welfare fund in Denmark for people who go to Syria,” said Troels Lund Poulsen, Denmark’s labor minister. “Staying in a war zone and directly or indirectly taking part in military operations is not something that is in any way compatible with receiving disability benefits.”
Other countries that also have paid benefits to Islamic State fighters…”