Denmark calls for “crisis talks” with Sweden

Danish prime minister Lars Lökke Rasmussen has called for “extraordinary negotiations” with Sweden as large groups of refugees tried to march from Denmark to Sweden Monday.

Denmark and Sweden are consulting on how to handle the refugees who are trying to get to Sweden from Germany via Denmark. Swedish minister for migration, Morgan Johansson, told news agency TT: “Sweden does not shut its door to anyone seeking asylum.”

According to Johansson, everyone arriving in Sweden will have their case tried in a “legal manner”. At the same time, Johansson told TT, more countries must take responsibility for solving the crisis.

On Sunday, around 50 refugees arrived by boat to Rödby in southern Denmark, with the aim of continuing to Sweden. On Monday, they began marching towards Sweden but they turned around later in the afternoon, Swedish Television News reports. At the same time, others continued marching towards Sweden.

According to AFP, around 300 refugees landed Sunday in Rödby, which has Scandinavia's busiest ferry crossing to Germany. Scuffles broke out with police when some ran off to avoid having their fingerprints taken in fear they would be registered as seeking refuge in Denmark and unable to go on to Sweden, where many said they had family.

Danish prime minister Lars Lökke Rasmussen said at a press conference that around 400 refugees had entered Denmark over the past 24 hours and that none would be allowed to continue to Sweden.

"We cannot just ignore our obligations and send them to Sweden without its consent, because then we would be doing the same as many other countries, which is the reason the European asylum system is under massive pressure," Rasmussen said.

Rasmussen said he had told German chancellor Angela Merkel that Denmark was willing to accept 100 refugees from Germany "given the very special situation Germany and Europe is in”. He also said he wants “extraordinary negotiations with Sweden”.

“We have taken the initiative to consult with the Swedish government,” Rasmussen said at the press conference.

Johansson’s staff said they have been in touch with the Danish government but that there have not been any formal consultations.

Meanwhile, the Swedish Migration Agency has prepared 300 extra beds for refugees in the southern city of Malmö in anticipation of new arrivals.

“We have no border controls between Sweden and Denmark and those who make it over here are welcome to hand in their asylum applications,” Fredrik Bengtsson, the Migration Agency’s head of press, told Swedish Television News. He added that refugees will get a “worthy and good reception” in Sweden.