Sweden extends internal border controls for another 6 months

Sweden extended internal border controls for another 6 months 

The extension of continuous passport checks at all own borders was announced by the Swedish Ministry of Justice in a press release published late last week.

According to the document , the decision to extend border controls was taken after the government concluded that there is still a serious threat to Sweden's internal security due to the situation in Ukraine, smuggling and human trafficking.

“Today's situation in Eastern Europe creates an extremely serious security situation in Europe. Since the temporary mobilization order, a large number of Russian citizens have left the country and turned to the EU. There is an increased risk of arms smuggling and human trafficking carried out by criminal networks that exploit the war, — noted in a press release from the Ministry.

“Sweden remains a target country for migrants who arrive in Europe via the route through the Western Balkans, confirming that border control remains the only available measure to address this threat.”< /p>

Sweden has thus entered its eighth year of border controls since they were first introduced at the end of 2015, with hundreds of thousands of migrants, mostly from the Middle East, reaching Europe.

< p>Recall that at the end of October, Denmark extended its internal border controls with Germany, and also for the eighth year in a row.

The decision of Sweden and other countries — Austria, Norway and Denmark — on maintaining the control system at internal borders is fully consistent with EU border rules.

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