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Sweden shuts down job seeker service amid ISIS fears

It is claimed the scheme was being used to make recruitment attempts to militant fighting groups

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The Swedish government has been forced to shut down a service offering support to newly introduced job seekers after it was discovered that several workers might have been trying to recruit members for ISIS, UK news site MailOnline has reported.

It is claimed the assimilation guides, who were provided by the Swedish state job agency, have been accused of taking bribes from unemployed migrants and making “recruitment attempts to militant fighting groups,” the report added.

Now the agency – Arbetsformedlingen – has sacked its network of assimilation guides.

“We have received indication that there have been instances of recruitment attempts or contact-making situations related to various militant fighting groups,” MailOnline quoted Arbetsformedlingen’s general director Mikael Sjöberg, citing Expressen.

The scheme was introduced four years ago to help integrate migrant job-seekers into Swedish society by providing a link to their original culture.

The support workers were employed by private companies.

Sweden’s intelligence service, Säpo, confirmed it had been alerted to the issue, but was yet to launch an investigation.