The border checks were introduced by Home Affairs Minister Anders Ygeman as Sweden struggled to cope with the numbers of people arriving.
The border checks were introduced by Home Affairs Minister Anders Ygeman as Sweden struggled to cope with the numbers of people arriving. Credit: Johan Nilsson and Christine Olsson / TT.

Temporary border checks extended once again

Home Affairs Minister: Difficult decision
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The government has decided to extend temporary border controls for a further three months.

Home Affairs Minister Anders Ygeman confirmed the continuation of the border checks on his Twitter account, writing, "The government has today decided to extend border controls for additional three months."

He told Swedish Radio the controls were being extended because the threat to internal security persists.

Last month, the European Commission said Sweden, Austria, Germany, Denmark and Norway could continue with “proportionate controls” in areas where they already take place.

Those checks in Sweden had been due to expire on 11 November. Friday's decision has moved that date forward to 11 February 2017. Border checks were first introduced in Sweden one year ago.

Earlier this month, the government decided to continue with identity checks on trains, buses and ferries between Sweden and Denmark for a further three months. Those checks are carried out by staff from the transport companies.

The border controls are different in that they are carried out in Sweden by police.

The checks, which take place in locations including the Öresund Bridge, were introduced as Sweden struggled to cope with the amount of people arriving to seek asylum in the latter part of 2015.

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