For the first time since the 1950s, Sweden is imposing border checks on rail and road travelers entering the country from neighboring Denmark, in an effort to curb the flow of asylum seekers, the Euro News website reports today (January 4, 2016).
From now on everyone coming to Sweden will have to present a valid photo ID -- such as a passport -- to Swedish border security personnel.
"In order to avoid domestic passengers to get mixed up in a pass-control, they will remain on one side of the fence and passengers traveling from Denmark will end up on the other side. And those are the ones who will be checked," said Director of Operations at Malmo Police Department, Paul Juhlin.
Sweden had expected to accept about 100,000 newcomers in 2015, but by year's end the figure was almost twice that, and the country is struggling to provide shelter, education, and other essential services for would-be asylum seekers.