Sweden begins passport control at land and sea borders as of January 4 ⋆

Sweden begins passport control at land and sea borders as of January 4



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The Swedish parliament approved the Swedish government’s decision to examine the identities and passports of travelers coming to Sweden by land and sea, starting January 4.

The Swedish government described its decision as temporary, and justified it by stating that Sweden is no longer able to receive the large numbers of refugees arriving daily and provide them with roof over their heads.

This decision was met with great opposition at home and abroad, most recently from Denmark, whose prime minister strongly criticized this decision and considered it a prelude to canceling the Schengen agreement, because, in this case, Denmark may have to apply the same policy on its border with Germany.

Patrick Eangström, the Swedish border police commander, said it will not be an easy task for the police to control the identities and passports, because documents forgers have become smarter and more professional, which makes difficult to detect fraud in many cases.

Eangström also said that even with the modern European passports, which can not be falsified, there will be other difficulties because passport carrier can have very good resemblance to the original passport owner, and therefore, it will be difficult for the border police to detect such cases on the train or bus or ferry.

Will passport checks at land and sea borders reduce the number of refugees coming to Sweden?



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