Sweden begins border controls to limit refugee influx

    Sweden begins border controls to limit refugee influx

    Jan 4, Copenhagen: Sweden has begun ID checks for travellers from Denmark in an attempt to limit the number of refugees entering the country.

    Everyone entering Sweden from midnight on Sunday by bus, train or ferry from Denmark will be checked and those lacking valid ID documents will be refused entry without the necessary documents.

    Rail commuters heading to Sweden will now have to change trains at Copenhagen Airport and go through ID checkpoints.

    Sweden said it can no longer cope as the influx of refugees and migrants reaches record numbers. The country until recently was known as one of the most welcoming countries in the world for people fleeing wars.

    With more than 160,000 asylum-seekers arriving to the country of 9.5 million in 2015, mainly from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, accommodation for new arrivals is running out.

    Sweden received more than 150,000 asylum applications in 2015 alone.

    Direct journeys from Copenhagen's main railway station across the Oresund Bridge to Sweden will no longer be available, media reports said.
    Rail operators have reduced the number of trips to Sweden and have warned that there might be significant delays.

    The changes are expected to add around 30 minutes to the current 40-minute commute, the Associated Press news agency reported.

    The Oslo Times


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