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Boat carrying asylum seekers capsizes in Öresund strait

Updated onsdag 11 maj 2016 kl 10.20
Published tisdag 10 maj 2016 kl 13.32
Two are in hospital
(1:22 min)
A Coast Guard ship in Öresund near Malmö. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT
A Coast Guard ship in Öresund near Malmö. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

A boat carrying four people capsized in the strait of Öresund on Monday afternoon. One of the men was allowed to leave hospital on Tuesday.

The people were refugees attempting to travel by boat from Denmark to Sweden, Copenhagen police told Danish TV. Three of the people managed to reach a nearby island, while one was rescued from the water. Two were brought to hospital, one of whom was put on life support. The other two were brought back to their Danish refugee reception centre.

On Tuesday evening, Swedish Television News reported that one of the men had been allowed to leave the hospital. The other man's condition was described as "stabile".

A new law introduced in January required people travelling from Denmark to Sweden to present a valid photo ID. Since then, there have been around forty known cases of asylum seekers attempting to walk through the motorway tunnel across the Öresund Bridge to Sweden, Swedish Radio News reports. In April, the Danish Shipowers’ Association warned of migrants attempting to reach Sweden by hiding underneath lorries crossing the Öresund strait by ferries and across the bridge.

Police in the southern Swedish county of Skåne say they have seen indications that it is becoming more common for refugees attempting to cross the Öresund strait to seek asylum in Sweden.

”When you close off certain routes, people will look at other alternatives. What was previously deep down on the list gets more interesting when other routes have been tied off, for instance the Öresund Bridge,” Leif Fransson, Head of Operations at the Border Police, told the news agency TT.

The Swedish Minister for Home Affairs, Anders Ygeman, says there has been no indications that more people are trying to reach Sweden by boat.

"Relocated refugees are arriving by air from Turkey to different countries in the EU. So the European solution is taking the pressure off Sweden's borders," Ygeman told the news agency TT.

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