01:28 GMT +315 December 2019
Listen Live
    Policemen and a group of migrants stand on the platform at the Swedish end of the bridge between Sweden and Denmark in Malmo, Sweden, on November 12, 2015

    Sweden to Extend Tough Border Control With Schengen States

    © AFP 2019 / STIG-AKE JONSSON / TT NEWS AGENCY
    Europe
    Get short URL
    Major Migrant Crisis in Europe (1819)
    0 44
    Subscribe

    Sweden has decided to extend the temporary controls over its border with member states of the border-free Schengen zone for a month, a spokesman for the Swedish Interior Ministry said Wednesday.

    STOCKHOLM (Sputnik) — In November, Stockholm introduced temporary border controls within the Schengen visa-free travel zone to curb immigration into the country amid the European refugee crisis. The border controls have been repeatedly prolonged by the government with the last extension due to come to an end on April 8.

    "The control will be extended for a month," Victor Harju told RIA Novosti.

    Europe has been beset by a massive refugee crisis, with hundreds of thousands of undocumented migrants fleeing their home countries in the Middle East and North Africa to escape violence and poverty. Many of them wish to reach wealthier EU states, such as Germany and Sweden, to apply for asylum there.

    Topic:
    Major Migrant Crisis in Europe (1819)

    Related:

    East of Sweden: Many Refugees Convinced There's No Place Like Home
    Sweden to Target Refugees' and Terrorists' Abuse of "Lost" Passports
    Norway's New Reality: Floating Hotels, Camps and Barracks for Refugees
    Tags:
    refugees, security, border control, European Union, Sweden
    Community standardsDiscussion
    Comment via FacebookComment via Sputnik