Sweden says it will strengthen controls on the border with Denmark

Sweden says it will strengthen controls on the border with Denmark
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Sweden’s government says it will strengthen controls on the border with Denmark to combat irregular migration and cross-border crime.

The announcement on Saturday, October 22 said that the government will make it easier to re-introduce id checks on ferries, trains and buses to Sweden. A similar plan was implemented during the refugee crisis of 2015 according to news site Tv2.

Plans to reintroduce border controls were announced in early march by the then-socialist government, but were never implemented. Elections in September saw the country swing to the right with the moderate Ulf Kristersson being selected as the new prime minister.

The proposal to re-introduce border controls followed Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the resulting tide of refugees that followed. It also was intended to deal with the growing threat from Russia to the Scandinavian, who until recently had not applied to become members of NATO.

The original bill faced significant resistance from regionally elected representatives, whose economies were more reliant on trade with Denmark. Many people who live close to the borders of the two countries regularly commute between the two for work, shopping and leisure.

This time around Sweden are looking to re-introduce the border controls with Denmark having been the instigator during the 2015 refugee crisis. This time round it is a question of security for both countries as much as it is about dealing with recent rises in violent crime.

Full details of the control Sweden says it will use to strengthen its border with Denmark have yet to be published, which may allay the fears of those regular travellers who will be concerned that delays and closures will return.

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