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Sweden introduces border controls to halt flow of refugees

The new policy is intended to help slow down the flow of people seeking refuge in the country

Sweden has begun implementing identity checks at its borders in an attempt to decelerate arrival of asylum seekers who are coming from Germany and Denmark, CNN’s Atika Shubert reports.

Before that, the refugees were able to enter the country across the Danish border by cars, trains and ferries. With the strengthened control anyone without a valid form of ID will not be allowed to pass through the borders. The new policy has also caused a delay on Monday when about 75,000 of those who live in Sweden and work in Denmark were stuck in high traffic at the Oresund bridge between the two countries. However, the anticipated backlog of refugees did not happen.

2015 has brought in Sweden 160,000 more asylum seekers than it was expected; at the peak of the flow about 10,000 of newcomers crossed the Swedish borders daily. Shubert continues: “In December, the Swedish government declared that the large number of refugee arrivals were "a serious threat to public order and domestic security," forcing it to introduce new legislation allowing ID checks at its borders, among other measures. The legislation is temporary and valid for three years.”

Stricter border policies in EU countries and harsh winter weather conditions have somewhat decreased the immigrants flow through December, 2015. Since then the average daily rate of arrivals has come to roughly 3,000 a day in Germany, and even fewer are reaching northern EU countries, such as Denmark and Sweden.

The new Swedish measures are to be imposed for the next 10 days, but chances are that the measures would be prolonged till the end of January. German government in its turn claimed that the European refugee crisis is likely to result in a collapse of border-free Schengen principle.

Along with Austria, Germany and France, Swedish stronger border control was authorized, thus making Swede the last country to impose thorough identity checks on the list.

“Sweden and Germany have taken in the vast majority of refugees to the EU so far; both countries are struggling to house and care for hundreds of thousands of new arrivals. They have appealed for a joint EU policy that would share the distribution of refugees across more states,” Shubert concludes.

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