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Report: Sweden extends border checks citing European security risks

Europe
13.10.2017
By our dpa-correspondent and Europe Online    auf Facebook posten  Auf Twitter posten  
Stockholm (dpa) - Sweden said Friday it was extending temporary border controls another six months until May, following similar moves by Denmark and Germany.

The European Commission has been informed about the decision, Swedish newspaper Sydsvenskan on Friday cited Justice Minister Morgan Johansson as saying.

Sweden defended the move - like Germany and Denmark - with the tense security situation and threat of terror attacks in Europe.

Originally, the checks were introduced in November 2015 to control the torrent of migrant flows mainly from Northern Africa and the Middle East into Europe. They have been extended several times.

Swedish border controls have been carried out at ferry terminals in southern Sweden, where many travellers arrive from Germany and Denmark. Spot checks have also been conducted on the Oresund rail and road bridge that connects Sweden to Denmark, used by thousands of vehicles and commuters.

 

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