Demonstration i Torneå mot att Finland tar emot flyktingar. Foto Marcus Nilsson / Sveriges Radio.
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Demonstration in Tornio against Finland accepting refugees. Photo Marcus Nilsson / Sveriges Radio.
Demonstration i Torneå mot att Finland tar emot flyktingar. Foto Marcus Nilsson / Sveriges Radio.
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Demonstration in Tornio against Finland accepting refugees. Photo Marcus Nilsson / Sveriges Radio.
Demonstration i Torneå mot att Finland tar emot flyktingar. Foto Marcus Nilsson / Sveriges Radio.
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Demonstration in Tornio against Finland accepting refugees. Photo Marcus Nilsson / Sveriges Radio.
Demonstration i Torneå mot att Finland tar emot flyktingar. Foto Marcus Nilsson / Sveriges Radio.
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Demonstration in Tornio against Finland accepting refugees. Photo Marcus Nilsson / Sveriges Radio.
Demonstration i Torneå mot att Finland tar emot flyktingar. Foto Marcus Nilsson / Sveriges Radio.
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Demonstration in Tornio against Finland accepting refugees. Photo Marcus Nilsson / Sveriges Radio.

Finland starts checks at border with Sweden

Finland started checks at its border with Sweden for the first time on Saturday to deal with asylum seekers arriving in the northern town of Tornio, reports Reuters.

The Finnish city of Tornio lies about 3 kilometers northeast of the Swedish city Haparanda.

"From now on, people crossing border in Tornio will be checked by a procedure led by the police," the Finnish interior ministry said in a statement.

Meanwhile, according to the police in the northern Swedish county Norrbotten, about six hundred people had gathered, mostly on the Finnish side of the border, to form a wall at the border with Sweden.

"We oppose so many asylum-seekers coming to Finland," one middle-aged couple in Tornio told the public broadcaster YLE.

Peter Waara (Social Democrat), the Deputy Mayor of Haparanda, described the demonstration to news agency TT: "When I left, it was calm, but the police were still there. There were some people who I understood to be right-wing extremists who gathered at the bus station in Haparanda . . . they went and glared at people who didn't look Scandinavian, which is, to put it bluntly, a disgrace."

Refugees will no longer be able to travel further in Finland from Tornio before being registered as asylum-seekers, reports news agency TT.

People who apply for asylum will be sent to a temporary emergency shelter in the border city of Tornio, population circa 22,000.

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