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Source: Government of Sweden

The Government decided today 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 to continue border controls at internal borders for six months. The controls will continue until 11 November 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.

“Sweden must retain internal border controls. The head of the Swedish Security Service has decided not to change the assessment of the terrorist threat level, which remains elevated. Border controls at internal borders can help detect potential perpetrators and in this way also help prevent terrorist attacks. Shortcomings also persist in the control of the external borders across the Schengen Area” says Minister for Home Affairs Mikael Damberg.

A number of other Schengen countries, such as Germany, Austria, Norway and Denmark, have also temporarily reintroduced internal border controls and have announced that they, like Sweden, intend 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 conducted. The controls are to be adapted to what is necessary to safeguard public policy and internal security.

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