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Geraldine Wong Sak Hoi, Expertise: factchecking, disinformation, the future of news. Initials: gw

Should Swiss children be repatriated from Syrian camps?

Switzerland has a policy of not actively repatriating adult detainees being held in Kurdish-controlled camps in northeastern Syria, and repatriating children only on a case-by-case basis. For the government, national security trumps the return of nationals suspected of having links to the Islamic State terror group.

Other European countries, such as Finland and Belgium, are now repatriating children, and when possible, their mothers as well. These countries believe that the long-term security risks of leaving these families in the camps are far more serious than any risk associated with repatriating them now.

What do you think? Should Switzerland repatriate Swiss children, of which there are seven, from the Syrian camps? Why or why not? Let us know your thoughts by joining the conversation below.


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