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Danish Police establish border control at the Danish-German border

Pressemeddelelse   •   Jan 04, 2016 15:32 CET

Upon the government’s decision to establish a temporary border control, Danish Police will enhance the control at the border to Germany. At the same time, the Police will closely follow the impact of the Swedish identity control on the situation in Denmark.

Upon the government’s decision and as a result of the extraordinary refugee and migrant situation, Danish Police will today start up an intensified control effort at the border to Germany.

- We will insert more police officers at the actual border and will carry out more spot tests of travelers to Denmark, says National Commissioner, Jens Henrik Højbjerg.

The Police will move the current control effort of the border areas to the actual border and will bring in more officers to carry out the task. About two hundred police officers, working in shifts, will ensure this task.

The border control is temporary and is, at a start, planned to last for 10 days, and the police controls will be based on spot tests and continuous observation of the traffic over the borders. There will not be carried out a complete control of all travelers but the aim is to enhance and adjust the control effort carried out by the police since September due to the extraordinary refugee and migrant inflow to Europe and Denmark.

- We will continuously follow the control effort and traffic patterns at the border and assess if there is a need for adjustments, says Jens Henrik Højbjerg.

Persons that are controlled at the border and who can not legally stay in Denmark, and who do not wish to apply for asylum, will be refused to enter. Persons, that are not controlled before they have already passed the border, will, as a principle, be deprived of their liberty with a view for the authorities to establish their identity, and while it is assessed whether they should be expelled.

Following Sweden’s decision to impose on companies transporting travelers to Sweden to control the identity of the passengers before departure, Danish Police will monitor the situation closely to know whether the control activities will create traffic problems and changes in the refugees and migrants situation.

- We have activated the preparedness staffs of the Danish National Police and the local police districts and we have inserted more police officers at relevant places in the streets in order for us to follow the situation very closely. In addition to the effort at the Danish-German border, our effort will be concentrated at big transport hubs in the capital area but we will also keep an eye on the rest of the country, says National Commissioner, Jens Henrik Højbjerg.

A national overview will be assembled and drawn up by the authorities’ multidisciplinary cooperation forum, the National Operational Staff (NOST) which also follows the situation in relation to Denmark’s establishment of a border control at the Danish-German border.

Since November, the Police and other authorities have prepared reception centers in case the need to receive a high number of refugees will arise, and a comprehensive planning task has been carried out taking into account a number of different scenarios.

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