• Denmark's news in English
 
app_header_v3
Refugee crisis
Swedish police stop arrivals from Denmark
Swedish officers check IDs on a train arriving from Denmark. Photo: Asger Ladefoged/Scanpix

Swedish police stop arrivals from Denmark

The Local · 12 Nov 2015, 16:50

Published: 12 Nov 2015 16:50 GMT+01:00

Some 15 police officers boarded a train at Hyllie station in Malmö, the first stop on the Swedish side of the bridge from Denmark, shortly after noon. At least 30 refugees, with small children, were asked to get off the train to formally apply for asylum in Sweden.
 
"They lacked permits to be in the country and did not want to seek asylum," Leif Fransson of the southern regional police told the Dagens Nyheter newspaper.
 
Regional public transport operator Skånetrafiken urged people to allow plenty of time for travelling as heavy delays were expected. But eye witnesses reported that the ID checks were being carried out in a relatively calm and swift manner, taking no more than a few minutes.
 
 
Press spokeswoman Ewa-Gun Westford said the controls required a large police presence. She told the AFP news agency: "We will try to be on all trains, at least to start with, and then we will have to make an assessment (…) We are in a situation today where we assess this operation hour by hour."
 
Sweden is also carrying out border checks on arriving ferries and private vehicles. 
 
Swedish police await the arrival of a ferry. Photo: Mathias Løvgreen Bojesen/Scanpix
Swedish police await the arrival of a ferry. Photo: Mathias Løvgreen Bojesen/Scanpix
 
Sweden’s decision to reinstate border checks is temporary and valid for 10 days, but can be renewed for up to six months under Schengen regulations on free movement.
 
Swedish police officials said on Thursday that they were preparing to have the controls in place for six months, though Sweden has made no such request yet.
 
Danish PM Lars Løkke Rasmussen has said that Denmark has no plans to follow suit and institute its own border controls. 
 
Refugees arriving in Sweden from Denmark and elsewhere without valid identification documents will be allowed to seek asylum, but those who do not want to do so – for example those who simply want to transit through Sweden – will be refused entry.
 
 
Police officers check a bus that arrived by ferry from Denmark. Photo: Nils Meilvang/Scanpix
Police officers check a bus that arrived by ferry from Denmark. Photo: Nils Meilvang/Scanpix
 
"This is not a fence. We need to make sure that we have control (…) We have to make sure we know who is coming to Sweden," Prime Minister Stefan Löfven insisted.
 
Story continues below…
"Introducing border controls is not to prevent people from coming to Sweden to seek asylum," the head of the Swedish Migration Agency Anders Danielsson meanwhile told Swedish news agency TT.
 
"On the contrary. They will have their case heard, but we need to (regain) control," he added.
 
Commuters and tourists entering Sweden from Denmark are being told to bring their passports or, if a EU citizen, a national identity card. Nordic citizens are still allowed to cross the border without a passport, under a passport-free zone agreement separate to Schengen, but must be able to identify themselves as such.
 
The estimated 30,000 commuters who cross the Øresund Bridge between Copenhagen and Malmö by car and train every day are likely to face some delays. But only randomized controls will be carried out; it would be near impossible to check everyone in such a traffic intensive area.
 
"We're working together with the police and hope things are going to run as smoothly as possible," Øresund Bridge press spokesperson Sanna Holmqvist told the TT newswire on Thursday.
 

For more news from Denmark, join us on Facebook and Twitter.

Today's headlines
Expats: Denmark 'world's worst' for making friends
68 percent of expats in Denmark said they had difficulty making local friends. Photo: Iris/Scanpix

UPDATED: Denmark is one of the hardest countries to settle in to as a foreigners, according to a new survey.

Despite arrest, new car fires in Copenhagen
Police have not made an arrest for the two new fires. Photo: Colourbox

Total number of burnt vehicles is now over 25.

Danish women-led mosque makes Scandinavian history
The decision to bar men from the prayers drew criticism from some quarters. Photo: Iris/Scanpix

Copenhagen's Mariam Mosque's first Friday prayers kick off the 'Islamic feminist' project.

Danish politicians cleared on charge of housing migrants
Maria Sloth (right) and Anne Hegelund hug a supporter before their court appearance earlier this month. Photo: Axel Schutt/Scanpix

The women had been charged with violating immigration laws by giving two African men a place to stay for the night.

Top Danish tax official fired after scandals cost billions
Jesper Rønow Simonsen was at the helm as Skat was defrauded for billions and forced to scrap its debt collection system. Photo: Søren Bidstrup/Scanpix

The director general of Skat has been removed from his job with immediate effect as the agency tries to clean up at least a 12 billion kroner mess.

Danish city’s proposed burqa ban fails
The politician who proposed the ban said he had heard from many concerned residents. Photo: Iris/Scanpix

A proposal to bar public workers from wearing burqas and niqabs was dropped after a deadlocked vote.

Denmark offers help to earthquake-hit Italy
A firefighter works in the night at a collapsed house following an earthquake in Amatrice, central Italy. Photo: STEFANO RELLANDINI/Scanpix

The Danish government is willing to assist Italy in the rescue and reconstruction process as the country attempts to recover from Wednesday's deadly earthquake.

21-year-old man arrested for Copenhagen car fires
At least 22 cars and three mopeds were burnt. Photo: Martin Sylvest/Scanpix

Amager resident arrested after more than 20 cars were torched over the weekend.

Denmark aims for ‘first smoke-free generation'
Photo: Kyrre Lien/Scanpix

The Danish government on Wednesday released the details of what it called a “historic" plan to combat cancer.

Denmark takes small step towards medicinal cannabis
A cannabis plant. Photo: Coleen Whitfield/Flickr

A trial programme gets the okay in southern Denmark.

Sponsored Article
Why you should attend an international job fair
Per capita, Denmark is Europe’s Olympic champ
Sport
Denmark is Europe’s Olympic (per capita) champion
Sponsored Article
Jordan: where history meets adventure
Female jogger left 'near death' in Copenhagen attack
National
Female jogger left 'near death' in Copenhagen attack
EU breathes down Denmark’s neck over bad air quality
National
EU breathes down Denmark’s neck over bad air quality
Sponsored Article
Why expats choose international health insurance
Foreigners fill more than half of all new jobs in Denmark
Business & Money
Foreigners fill more than half of all new jobs in Denmark
Sponsored Article
Why you should attend an international job fair
Why you should learn Danish (and how it will benefit you)
Society
Why you should learn Danish (and how it will benefit you)
Robbed in Rio: Danish Olympic team hit by thieves
Sport
Robbed in Rio: Danish Olympic team hit by thieves
Danish jets have bombed Syria for the first time
Danish jets have bombed Syria for the first time
Danish Muslim graveyard offers to bury French terrorist
National
Danish Muslim graveyard offers to bury French terrorist
Sponsored Article
Five things Americans should know about voting abroad
Danish Pokémon Go player finds dead body
Technology
Danish Pokémon Go player finds dead body
Danish MP: Ban Muslim immigration to Denmark
National
Danish MP: Ban Muslim immigration to Denmark
Sponsored Article
Why expats choose international health insurance
Denmark can't keep up with trove of ancient discoveries
Denmark can't keep up with trove of ancient discoveries
Sponsored Article
Malmö to host global skateboard championship
Our complete coverage from the 2016 Roskilde Festival
Culture
Our complete coverage from the 2016 Roskilde Festival
Danish police use infamous 'jewellery law' for first time
National
Danish police use infamous 'jewellery law' for first time
Sponsored Article
Why Jordan is the ‘Different’ East
National
Danes with foreign spouses to be hit by new restriction
Sponsored Article
Life in Jordan: 'Undiscovered treasure'
International
After Brexit, Danish PM resists calls for similar EU referendum
Sponsored Article
Jordan Pass: your ticket to the experience of a lifetime
International
Why Denmark won't try to follow the UK out of the EU
Copenhagen police tear down Christiania cannabis market
National
Copenhagen police tear down Christiania cannabis market
Danish PM: Orlando shooting act of 'hatred'
International
Danish PM: Orlando shooting act of 'hatred'
Society
Sex campaigns lead to Danish baby boom
National
Don't worry Denmark, the world still loves you
Culture
Danish diversity ad a massive social media hit – have you seen it?
2,213
jobs available