Denmark to extend border control amid concerns over terrorist attacks

COPENHAGEN, Oct. 11 (Xinhua) -- Temporary Danish border controls, due to expire on Nov. 12, are being extended for another six months until May 12 next year, the Danish Ministry of Immigration and Integration announced on Wednesday.

The extension of controls on borders between Denmark and its neighboring countries of Sweden and Germany, first introduced in January last year, was because of the migrant situation and the serious terrorist threat against Denmark, reported the Danish news agency Ritzau.

"A prerequisite for free movement is that there is control over Europe's external borders. And while we are currently experiencing low entry and asylum rates in Denmark, we must unfortunately note that there is still a great deal of pressure on Europe's external borders," Immigration and Integration Minister Inger Stoejberg said in a press release.

"At the same time, we cannot close our eyes to the serious terrorist threat against Denmark. The government has, therefore, considered it necessary that border controls be maintained so far," the minister said.

[ Editor: meng ]


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