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Migrants being trained as PRISON GUARDS – despite jail fears of Islamic radicalisation

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Migrants in Sweden are being trained as prison guards in a new integration scheme – despite concerns the suspected Paris Orly attacker was radicalised in jail.

The controversial new scheme aims to see some 450 new arrivals placed in various internships within prisons.

Jobs could include prison guards, cooks and other jobs within correctional facilities across the country.

And the scheme is already partway through a trial run, which has seen Justice Minister Morgan Johansson visit the Mariefred prison where two Iraqi asylum seekers are training as guards according to the Probation service website.

Khaled Taha, who is also being taught swedish as part of the internship, told the minister: “I want to work, and am very happy here at Mariefred.

“Now I hope that I will manage basic education.”

Helena Lönnkvist, project manager for the program, said: “Trainees become role models, both in our own operations and for the relatives and friends outside the Prison and Probation Service.

“Our hope is that they will want to stay and go on to permanent employment.”

Project director Mohamed Gulied added: “We need to recruit and this is a good way into the profession,” and said he hoped to receive more migrants into the program.

But the scheme has sparked concerns over the potential for Islamic radicalisation in prisons.

In France, a report last year claimed that French prisons, in which 60 percent of inmates are Muslim, had become a breeding ground for radical Islamic indoctrination.

While in Britain, reports claim entire cell blocks of some prisons are run under a variation of Islamic sharia law.

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The news also comes after Ziyed Ben Belgacem, a French national of north African origin, was gunned down yesterday after an attack on a female soldier at Paris Orly airport.

And it was revealed the suspect had already been flagged up as having been radicalised –  which French prosecutors claim happened when he spent time in prison in 2011 and 2012.

The attacker, who was also on a terror watch list, had earlier fled the northern suburb of Garges-lès-Gonnesse after opening fire at police with a pellet gun when they tried to pull him over for speeding.

An officer was hit in the face but the injuries were not life-threatening.