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Sweden extends border controls to spring


Border controls and ID checks extended by three more months
Sweden will extend border controls and ID checks in the south of the country by a further three months, the country’s government says.
The controls at ports and on the Swedish side of the Öresund Bridge to Denmark began at the height of the refugee crisis in autumn 2015. That year, Sweden received a record 163,000 asylum applications.
As this is supposed to be part of the passport-free Schengen zone, the measures were initially designed to be temporary, for just six months, but have been extended continually since then.
“It’s still an unclear situation, so we will extend them,” Prime Minister Stefan Löfven explains. “In part it’s because we have many unregistered people left in Germany, and in part because, looking at the Mediterranean route, there is an increase in asylum seekers, so we don’t really know where that’s going.”
The controls are unpopular among travellers, who complain about delays. However, some measures are being introduced to save time. For example, passengers no longer have to change platforms at Copenhagen Airport’s Kastrup train station to get their IDs checked.
TT / The Local


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