Sweden has announced that it is abolishing the organized ID scrutiny that it had launched at its borders shared with Denmark to curb inflow of immigrants in January 2016. Anders Ygeman the Interior Minister of Sweden and Anna Johansson the Infrastructure Minister made this announcement at a press conference, as quoted by the NDTV.
Mr. Ygeman said that Government of Sweden considers that safety measures at the borders are always required and the scope of these measures will be periodically revised. On the other hand, the organized scrutiny of IDs at the borders shared with Denmark will be abolished as the inflow of immigrants has now drastically decreased.
The shared borders with Denmark are at two points for Sweden. One is the Oresund strait situated between Malmo and Copenhagen. The other is at between Denmark port Helsingor and Helsingborg port at Helsingborg. Regular scrutiny at borders has become a source of irritation to innumerable Danish and Swedish nationals who commute between Copenhagen and Malmo for work.
The security checks at borders have also become inessential as immigration curbs that have been increased at European Southeast borders and borders with Turkey has resulted in decrease inflow of immigrants to Sweden.
Anders Ygeman the Interior Minister of Sweden said that inflow of immigrants has reduced by more than 80%. Sweden accepted 81,000 refugees in 2014 and this increased in 2015 to a whopping 163, 000. However, in 2016 the numbers fell to 29,000 and this is expected to remain the same for 2017 also.
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