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More asylum seekers after ID checks scrapped

Published måndag 8 maj kl 12.51
Commuters going from Kastrup airport in Denmark to Sweden have faced long delays due to ID checks.
Id controls at Kastrup airport have been scrapped. Credit: Photo: Anna Bubenko/Sveriges Radio.

Sweden's border police say there's been a noticeable increase in asylum seekers and migrants coming to southern Sweden in the four days since ID checks were stopped for people travelling from Denmark to Sweden.

Last Thursday, the government stopped id-checks on busses, trains and ferries fron Denmark to Sweden. The checks, which were in addition to the border control checks which remain in place in Skåne, were introduced on 4 January 2016, in response to the unprecedented numbers of asylum seekers entering Sweden the previous autumn.

Persons without the right to reside in Sweden can apply for asylum at border controls. Earlier this year, about five people a week applied. Since Thursday, a total of 24 people have been let through by police at the border to register their asylum application in Sweden, according to the border police in the South region.

Over the weekend, 88 people were denied entry at border controls in southern Sweden. According to Michael Mattsson, border police officer in the South region, it has largely been people who have a residence permit in Denmark.

"I think this is just the beginning of what can happen in the future. First, the message that ID checks are gone, must sink in before we can see the big effect here in Sweden," he said to Swedish radio.

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