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Sweden extends border controls

Published onsdag 10 maj 2017 kl 17.27
Border police on the Öresund bridge.
Border police on the Öresund bridge. Credit: Erland Vinberg/TT

The government said on Wednesday that Sweden will once again extend its border controls within the Schengen area for another six months.

The extension applies to checks carried out at certain ports in Skåne and Västra Götaland as well as at the Öresund Bridge at Hyllie station.
The EU Commission proposed on 2 May that the internal border controls should be extended.
"The Commission bases its proposal on the assessment that a serious threat to public order and internal security and the overall functioning of the Schengen area remains," the government writes, adding that it shares that assessment.
Just over a week ago, the government announced that additional ID checks at Kastrup for bus, train and ferry passengers from Denmark to Sweden would be abolished from May 4th.

In 2015, tens of thousands of refugees and migrants arrived in Sweden. That number dropped greatly in 2016, due in part to Sweden's controls and ID checks. 

The border controls mean Swedish Police can question people wishing to enter the country from other Schengen states at border crossings in southern Sweden. The checks do not limit a person's right and possibility to seek asylum.

Sweden first imposed border controls along its southern border in November 2015 and has extended them since then.

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