Press release from Ministry of Justice

Continued border controls at internal borders

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The Government has decided to reintroduce border controls at internal borders for six months. The decision is based on the Government’s assessment that there is still a serious threat to public policy and internal security in Sweden.

The Government has decided on continued border controls at internal borders for six months. The controls will continue until 12 May 2020. The decision was taken in accordance with common EU legislation and is based on the Government’s assessment that there is still a serious threat to public policy and internal security in Sweden.

“The Swedish Security Service has not changed its assessment on the level of terrorist threats, which remains elevated. Deficiencies also persist in the control of the external borders all over the Schengen Area. All in all, this means that Sweden must retain internal border controls,” says Minister for Home Affairs Mikael Damberg.

Sweden’s decision is in line with other Schengen countries, such as Germany, Austria, Norway and Denmark. These countries have also temporarily reintroduced border controls and all of them have announced that they, like Sweden, intend to make decisions that apply for six months and that they plan to continue with the controls for as long as a serious threat to public policy and internal security remains.

As previously, the Swedish Police Authority decides where and how the border controls are to be implemented. The controls are to be adapted to what is necessary to safeguard public policy and internal security.

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Natali Sial
Press Secretary to Minister for Home Affairs Mikael Damberg
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Per Strängberg
Press Secretary to Minister for Home Affairs Mikael Damberg
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