Dozens of children of Islamic State militants may be given a new life in Australia, under controversial plans unveiled by the country’s government.
With a coalition of Kurdish and Arab militias closing in on the terror group’s final strongholds in Iraq and Syria, thoughts are increasingly turning to what should be done with the children of the defeated militants.
More than 200 Australian men and women are believed to have travelled to Syria either as fighters or as “jihadi brides”.
Around 70 children of IS fighters either hold Australian passports or are eligible to apply for citizenship because they have at least one Australian parent, according to government estimates.
Justice Minister Michael Keenan told The Sydney Morning Herald that the government had drawn up a detailed plan to reintegrate any of these children who returned to Australia.
Keenan emphasised that public safety was the government’s first priority, but that their plans also addressed “counselling, education and welfare” programs to ensure the minors would be supported in readjusting to life outside the caliphate…