Norway extends border checks to control migrant flows

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Norway is extending temporary border checks until November to control the inflow of migrants, a cabinet member said on Wednesday.

“The six-month extension was necessary due to the uncertain migration situation in Europe,’’ Justice Minister Per-Willy Amundsen told newsmen in Oslo.

The tighter border checks in Norway would affect arrivals by ferry from Denmark, Germany and Sweden.

The current checks had been due to expire on Thursday.

 

 

Norway is not a member of the European Union, but is part of the Schengen zone that allows passport-free travel across 26 countries without border checks.

The Scandinavian country introduced border checks in the wake of the large influx of migrants to Europe in 2015.

Recently, the European Commission urged Norway and four other Schengen members, Austria, Denmark, Germany and Sweden, to phase out their border checks. (dpa/NAN)

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