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Sweden to continue with ID checks on public transport

Published onsdag 2 november 2016 kl 11.27
Bus passengers being checked for ID.
The ID controls are carried out by the transport companies. Credit: Emil Langvad/TT

Sweden is to continue with identity checks on trains, buses and ferries between Sweden and Denmark for a further three months, TT news agency has reported.

The checks, which had been due to stop on November 4, will be extended into the new year Infrastructure Minister Anna Johansson’s press secretary told TT.

The ID checks are different from the border controls which are due to expire after November 11 and for which the EU has given Sweden the permission to extend should they wish to. Sweden has not yet made a decision if it will do so.

ID checks are carried out by company staff on public transport between Denmark and Sweden, with companies liable to be fined if they do not ensure all passengers are carrying valid IDs.

The measure, which was introduced as Sweden struggled to cope with a record influx of asylum seekers, has been strongly criticised for making it more difficult for commuters to travel between the two countries.

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