Police checking the IDs of people standing in a line
Internal border checks have been in place since 2015. Credit: Johan Nilsson / TT

Border controls extended again for another three months

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Sweden will prolong internal border controls for an additional 3 months, running up to and including May 11, 2019.

A government press release announcing the extension on Thursday cited "a threat to public order and domestic security" coming from an elevated terrorism threat and "deficiencies in the control of the EU's external borders" as reasons for the continued checks.

The controls mean police can question people and ask to see their IDs as they enter the country from other Schengen states at border crossings. The checks do not limit a person's right or possibility to seek asylum though.

Sweden first imposed border controls along its southern border in September 2015 when thousands of migrants were arriving each week to seek asylum. The country has extended them regularly since then.

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