According to Austrian Minister of Foreign Affairs Karin Kneissl, the number of Austrian adults who had left the country before, joined the Islamic State Terrorist, and still reside in Iraq or Syria, is 20. It is estimated that 20 children were born as children of Austrian parents in the Middle East – the Austrian press wrote on Thursday.
The papers quote the example of Sabina S., who was 15 when she went to Syria with her girlfriend and joined the Jihadists. The woman lost her life in the struggle for Baghuz, the fortress of Islamic State (IÁ). He left two children, both born in Syria.
The press also reported that Sabina’s mother would like her grandchildren to return to Vienna. However, it is difficult for the children to have no personal documents and their Austrian citizenship is doubtful. DNS testing can be a solution; if they find that they are indeed Sabina S.’s children, they can get Austrian citizenship.
Kneiss was answered by Stephanie Krispen, a representative of the Austrian Party of Neos (New Austria and Liberal Forum), who referred to the Foreign Minister with reference to Sabina S. The answer was that, according to the information available to the ministry, 40 persons (20 adults and 20 children) could stay in the former war areas.
In March this year, the Austrian government abandoned consular protection from those IAC warriors who wanted to return to Austria; according to the justification, their return could jeopardize the state order and public security.