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Denmark Extends Control on Border With Germany for Another Month

© AFP 2022 / Claus Fisker / Scanpix Denmark(FILES) This file photo taken on January 09, 2016 shows Danish police officers walking at the Danish-German border on January 9, 2016 in Krusaa, Denmark
(FILES) This file photo taken on January 09, 2016 shows Danish police officers walking at the Danish-German border on January 9, 2016 in Krusaa, Denmark - Sputnik International
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The Danish authorities extended on Thursday the controls on border with Germany for another month, until April 3, Denmark's Immigration, Integration and Housing Ministry said in a statement.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On Wednesday, Swedish Minister for Justice and Migration Morgan Johansson said the country was extending its border controls with Denmark for 30 more days.

"As long as border with Sweden is de facto closed to asylum seekers without proper identification papers, there is a risk that large groups of refugees and migrants will stay here in Denmark as they can not travel to Sweden. Therefore we extend border controls by an additional month," Immigration minister Inger Stojberg was quoted in the statement as saying.

Copenhagen introduced first temporary border checks on January 4 as a measure to curb refugee influx. The Schengen Borders Code allows the temporary reintroduction of control at internal borders for no more than 30 days subject to renewal.

Europe has been beset by a massive refugee crisis, with hundreds of thousands of undocumented migrants fleeing their home countries to escape violence and poverty. The EU border agency Frontex recorded over 1.83 million illegal border crossings in the European Union in 2015.

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