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Sweden extends border controls to November

Publicerat onsdag 1 juni 2016 kl 13.47
Minister: We don't have the capacity
(1:01 min)
 Anders Ygeman (Social Democrat) is the Interior Minister. Photo: Stig-Åke Jönsson/ TT
Anders Ygeman (Social Democrat) is the Interior Minister. Photo: Stig-Åke Jönsson/ TT

Sweden will extend border checks until November 12th.

On the 12th of May the EU countries, via the Council of Ministers, agreed to allow Sweden, Denmark, and several other countries to extend border controls for longer periods than the customary one month extension.

Interior Minister Anders Ygeman says to SVT the checks were brought in over concerns for public safety and capacity to handle the number of asylum applicants.

“We are responsible for everyone’s safety. We were receiving more than 10000 asylum applications every week. We don’t have the capacity for it,” he told SVT. The checks will remain due to fears that the current low numbers of asylum seekers might go up again.

The agreement requires the government to provide an update every other month to the executive arm of the EU, the Commission, on the progress and effectiveness of the checks. 

All of the countries that requested a longer extension claimed that refugees and migrants are still seen as a potential threat to law and order and public security.

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