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Coast Guard to step up border patrols

Published onsdag 9 december 2015 kl 16.02
"People may try and come here by boat if it gets harder to come here by train"
(1:37 min)
Kustbevakningens fartyg KBV 003 Amfitrite deltog i sökinsatsen. Foto: Kustbevakningen.
Photo: The Swedish Coast Guard/Kustbevakningen

The Swedish Coast Guard will allocate more resources in order to intensify the border patrols off the south coast to be able to spot and intercept boats smuggling migrants.

Ulf Nilsson, local Coast Guard head in the southwest, says that they will move a number of vessels further south and bring down aircraft from the northern parts of the country in order to step up the patrols over the sea between Denmark and Sweden.

"We will have more flight hours and more frequent patrols with our vessels," Nilsson says.

He adds that the measure should strengthen the Coast Guard's border control at sea because they suspect some people may try to bypass Sweden's tighter ID checks by crossing the sea on a smaller boat.

"We believe that they might try and come here by a lesser craft or on a merchant vessel if it gets harder to come here by train or ferry," Nilsson says.

Nilsson explains that if they intercept a boat of migrants they will escort them to a Swedish port and hand them over to the police and the Migration Board where they can seek asylum.

The coast guard will also help border police carry out ID checks in certain port cities such as Gothenburg and Helsingborg.

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