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​The police provide the status of the border controls

Pressemeddelelse   •   Jan 05, 2016 14:48 CET

The first 24 hours of the temporary border control at the Danish-German border, after the Swedish authorities implementation of ID control, have taken place peacefully and orderly without larger traffic or infrastructural problems. The police estimate that they have directly controlled approximately 1100 persons, of which 18 were rejected and denied entry into Denmark.

By the government's implementation of temporary border controls at the Danish-German border, the police's control units were brought forth yesterday at 12:00 hours to the border and intensified. Between Monday at 12:00 hours until midnight it is estimated that there has been the direct control of approximately a total of 1100 persons, of which 18 were rejected and denied entry into Denmark. Furthermore, the police arrested three persons who are charged with people smuggling.

"The first 24 hours have been peaceful and orderly. There have, of course, been inconveniences for travelers, both at the Danish-German border - as a result of the temporary border controls - and at the Danish-Swedish border - as a result of the transporters' ID control. The efforts have, however, not resulted in any significant traffic or infrastructural problems," says the Chief Superintendent Richard Østerlund la Cour, chief of the Danish National Police's National Alien Centre.

Police profiling of travelers
There are 15 border points with Germany where the police are conducting random checks - in part, at the border, and in part, at the near-border areas. That is to say that these are random controls and not a complete border control.

"The controls were conducted on the basis of a police profiling of those entering, and during the first 24 hours our focus has primarily been on the three main traffic areas in South Jutland by Padborg, Krusaa and Froeslev - where, by far, the largest part of the traffic comes - and the ferry harbors at Roedby and Gedser," says the Chief Superintendent Richard Østerlund la Cour.

The increased control efforts will continue today and, for the time being, nine days forward. The Danish police have, since September 2015, conducted an increased control of the near-border areas as a result of this autumn's extraordinary refugee and migrant situation.

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