Figures from the Norwegian Ministry of Justice have revealed that 15 migrants with links to the Islamic State have been permanently deported from the country, NKR reports.
Most of those deported had either fought for the Islamic State or were women who bore children to members of the terrorist organization, according to Justice Minister Jøran Kallmyr.
"They've been abroad for over 2 years after leaving Norway. So there's an opening in the asylum rules so that we can withdraw the residence permit," Kallmyr said.
"If they enter the Schengen area, they'll be arrested and arrested after violating the Immigration Act," added Kallmyr.
Close to 100 Norwegians made their way to the Middle East and North Africa to fight for radical Islamic terror organizations, 60 of them were migrants with Norwegian residency.
In May, the Norwegian government began taking a more proactive approach in the removal of Islamic State members from their country. Migrants with links to ISIS are now having their residency permits immediately revoked, as opposed to Norway’s previous policy, that instead waited for permits to expire.
According to Kallmyr, the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) is actively working alongside the Norwegian Police Security Service (PST) to find out which migrants are affiliated with an Islamic terror organization. Kallmyr says that PST has sent a list of close to 40 foreign fighters to the agency.
"We'll make sure that no one in this portfolio can return to Norway. There's still some information gathering that remains. Many are believed to be dead, but since we don't have verification that they've died, we'll expel them as well," Kallmyr added.
Norway’s approach to returned ISIS fighters stands in stark contrast to its Scandinavian neighbor, Sweden, that has few laws that allow for the prosecution of terrorists once they’ve returned to the country.
Sweden’s Prime Minister Stefan Löfven has continuously refused to even consider the idea of revoking the citizenship of returned members of radical Islamic terror groups.