Sweden keen to slow Europe’s ‘refugee highway’

Sweden is demanding measures to block “the highway” of migrants traversing across Europe, as the inflow of refugees to Germany has not slowed since September.

Ole Schroder, from the German federal interior ministry, told reporters in Brussels on Wednesday (6 January) that some 3,200 people seeking international protection were entering Germany on a daily basis in September last year.

Schroder, speaking alongside ministers from Sweden and Denmark, and the European commissionner [sic] for migration, said “the numbers are not declining in the last days”.

The three ministers were called to Brussels to discuss recent border clampdowns between Denmark and Sweden and Denmark and Germany, respectively.

EU states have been scrambling to respond to the refugee crisis, with temporary border closures and fences becoming a recurrent feature.

Denmark, in turn, imposed a 10-day border control with Germany, which is also likely to be extended.

‘Their right to do so’

“What Sweden did and what Denmark did, it was their right to do so,” said migration commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos.

Denmark’s integration minister, Inger Stojberg, for her part, did not rule out extending the 10-day controls and imposing carrier liabilities on transport companies entering from Germany.

Full article: Sweden keen to slow Europe’s ‘refugee highway’ (EUobserver)

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