Governments funding their own terrorism? Welfare benefits paid to refugees being used to fund ISIS

As more and more Western nations open their doors to bring in refugees from war torn Islamic countries, one of the first things they do is sign them up on welfare roles to receive benefits primarily designated for citizens of those countries.

And an interesting thing occurred on the way to the welfare office as Belgian government officials have now discovered that the recent home-grown terror attacks in Brussels and Paris were in part funded by welfare.

Belgian financial investigators looking into recent terror plots have discovered a disturbing trend: Some of the suspects were collecting welfare benefits until shortly before they carried out their attacks.

At least five of the alleged plotters in the Paris and Brussels terror attacks partly financed themselves with payments from Belgium’s generous social-welfare system, authorities have concluded. In total they received more than €50,000, or about $56,000 at today’s rate.

The main surviving Paris suspect, Salah Abdeslam, collected unemployment benefits until three weeks before the November attacks—€19,000 in all, according to people familiar with the case. At the time, he was manager and part-owner of a bar, which Belgian officials say should have made him ineligible. – Wall Street Journal

Back in 2015, ISIS issued a mandate to their members to infiltrate the welfare systems of the country’s they reside in and funnel that money into the coffers of the terrorist organization.

ISIS is primarily financed through a wide array of criminal activities, large and small, centered in the parts of Syria and Iraq that are under the group’s control. ISIS steals livestock; sells foreign fighter passports; taxes minorities and farmers and truckers; runs a sophisticated extortion racket; kidnaps civilians for ransom payments; loots antiquities; and much more. It also makes about $40 million a month from illicit oil sales alone. But these sources primarily support the group’s expensive state-building and war-fighting enterprises back home, ranging from paying teacher’s salaries and collecting the garbage to bribing tribal leaders and paying fighters’ salaries.

There is, however, an entrepreneurial self-financing model that ISIS recruits and supporters around the world have been encouraged to use to fund either their travel to ISIS-controlled land or, perhaps, their attacks in the West. While it is too soon to state with any certainty how the Paris attacks were funded, the likelihood is that they were funded in whole or in part through local criminal activities — or otherwise legal activities such as the use of state welfare benefits or taking out a loan. None of these would surprise, since authorities have been tracking the use of such funding schemes by prospective foreign terrorist fighters looking to join ISIS. Indeed, earlier this year, a Financial Action Task Force (FATF) report identified several potential revenue streams for would-be foreign terrorist fighters, including robbery and drug trafficking, various social service payments, and unpaid loans. Some potential plotters or travelers took on short-term jobs to raise the money the needed, while others simply drew on their savings or student loan accounts. – The Hill

Judging by how countries like Germany, France, Belgium and even the United States want to open their doors to millions of radical Islamic ‘refugees’, and even pay them for coming into their borders, it begs the question of just how much do these governments really want to stop global terrorism?  Because when you look at the results of recent terror attacks that are now occurring on European and American shores, the fact is that their very own governments are funding terrorism, and paying for the right for their people to be attacked.

Kenneth Schortgen Jr is a writer for,, and To the Death Media, and hosts the popular web blog, The Daily Economist. Ken can also be heard Wednesday afternoons giving an weekly economic report on the Angel Clark radio show.