On Thursday, the Government decided to extend border controls for another six months. The reason is that there is an increased terrorist threat against Sweden and that the external border controls do not work, according to Interior Minister Mikael Damberg (S).
The first border controls were introduced in autumn 2015 to limit incessant refugee flows. That year, 163,000 people applied for asylum in Sweden.
– There are fewer asylum seekers today but there is a continued threat to Sweden, not least now that IS caliphate has fallen, says Mikael Damberg.
Sweden is one of six Schengen countries that introduced border controls. The other countries that introduced it due to the large refugee and migration crisis are Austria, Germany, Denmark and Norway. France also applies controls due to an imminent terrorist threat.