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Sweden introduces border controls to halt flow of refugees

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Sweden has begun carrying out identity checks on commuters arriving from Denmark and Germany in an attempt to slow down the number of refugees claiming asylum in the country.
The new policy caused some delays early Monday , particularly for commuters who live in Sweden and work in neighboring Denmark - nearly 75,000 people a day cross the Oresund bridge between the two countries - but fears of traffic chaos and a backlog of refugees did not materialize.
In December, the Swedish government declared that the large number of refugee arrivals were "a serious threat to public order and domestic security," forcing it to introduce new legislation allowing ID checks at its borders, among other measures.
Sweden's new policy prompted Denmark's Prime Minister, Lars Løkke Rasmussen, to announce Monday that his country would impose random ID checks at its border with Germany for the next 10 days, with the possibility of extending the controls for another 20 days.

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