Sweden to refugees: ‘We’ll close Øresund Bridge if necessary’ – The Post

Sweden to refugees: ‘We’ll close Øresund Bridge if necessary’

Swedish government proposes radical measures to control streams of asylum-seekers

Øresund Bridge links Amager in Denmark with Scania in Sweden (photo: Thue C. Leibrandt)
December 3rd, 2015 9:11 pm| by Lucie Rychla

The Swedish government is prepared to close the Øresund Bridge between Sweden and Denmark in order to control its large influx of refugees, reports DR.

According to Swedish media, the number of refugees entering the country has not dropped significantly despite stricter border controls introduced four weeks ago, and the government would like to have the option to close all roads and bridges leading into the country.

To restore order
“Øresund Bridge is one of Sweden’s most important and busiest connections with another country,” states the Swedish proposal.

“A temporary closure of the bridge is an additional measure that can reduce the risk that public order and internal security are affected by the large influx of asylum-seekers.”

Since Sweden imposed the strict border controls, some 1,100 refugees and migrants have been sent back to Denmark.

A week ago, Sweden tightened its asylum policy in the area of family reunification.