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'Tighten border controls': Sweden Democrats

TT/Rebecca Martin · 28 Jun 2011, 13:13

Published: 28 Jun 2011 13:13 GMT+02:00

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“Criminal networks have been given the present of the century by the EU as have you here in this chamber through the decisions that have been taken here over the last two decades,” said Kent Ekeroth of the Sweden Democrats during the debate.

According to Ekeroth the lack of border controls within the EU only benefits criminals.

He also claimed that the border police in Malmö in the south of Sweden have given up in the fight against refugee smugglers, saying that illegal immigrants should be seen as criminals.

He demanded that Swedish border controls should carry out more random testing against people they suspect “don’t belong here”.

But justice minister Beatrice Ask retorted that to bring back border controls between European countries would prove an impediment for all the Swedes that are set to head out towards European destinations in the next few weeks.

“We should safeguard freedom in Europe, but also fight crime. We must be able to handle both,” she said.

The backdrop to the debate, which had been called by the Sweden Democrats, is the ongoing discussion in the EU to simplify the establishment of border controls between EU countries.

The EU commission is looking into the current rules following demands last month by French president Nicolas Sarkozy and Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi for restrictions to the free movement that the Schengen agreement entails.

Sarkozy and Berlusconi were united in their wish to make it easier to establish temporary border controls between member states following the heavy influx of African refugees to EU member states since the beginning of the year.

Temporary border controls can currently only be established between member states in the case of a threat to the law and order of a society, such as in the case of a major influx of hooligans before a big football game.

Ask isn’t against the EU’s review of the current legislation.

“But every member state within the EU is obligated to take care of people seeking refuge within its borders,” Ask said.

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MP Marie Granlund of the Social Democrats said that free movement is one of the greatest successes of the European project. She fears that right-wing extremists in France and Italy are behind the wish to limit movement between countries.

"To turn the clock back to a time when Europe was characterised by rigid national borders is not the right way forward," said Granlund.

"We, the Social Democrats, will never give in to letting right-wing extremist powers dictate how free movement should look in Europe."

During the spring Denmark announced plans to establish permanent customs controls on their borders to Germany and Sweden to combat illegal drug-and-weapons trade between the countries, in a concession to the right-wing Danish People's Party.

TT/Rebecca Martin (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

17:31 June 28, 2011 by Mb 65
It's about time. there is so much going unchecked across borders. stolen boats, boat engines, cars and drugs. to name but a few. I will be voting for SD from now on i like the way they are trying to protect Sweden and it's people.
18:46 June 28, 2011 by unseen
@Mb 65

good for you!
21:16 June 28, 2011 by Hladir
It probably isn't a big issue for those with an EU passport and legitimate reason to travel.
21:57 June 28, 2011 by Boyfriend
Weapon control? Swedes and Sweden must be kidding me?

We should debate about the subject how to Stop Sweden from exporting deadly weapons to other countries.

Police and custom officers are regularly checking the borders. The Problem is here the Europe wants to extend itself and the newly joined members are those who takes these cars,boat machines. So here you have advantage and disadvantage.

The newly joined European members wants to be free and wants to freely travel.
22:19 June 28, 2011 by The_Truthisbitter
I have a feeling that those pushing for this law dont even know what they want to STOP.

@ the statement : "Sarkozy and Berlusconi were united in their wish to make it easier to establish temporary border controls between member states following the heavy influx of African refugees to EU member states since the beginning of the year."----This is just a big stupid joke from the French and Italians who think that their activities in African Countries, especially Libya means other Countries should take care of the Refugee Problem that THEY created in the first Place.
23:21 June 28, 2011 by kenny8076
Ya the problem with Sweden is that most of the Swedes that hate the Sweden Democrats and their worries do not live in Göteborg, Mälmo or Stockholm..... They are not aware of the violence and illegal activities done by the immigrants both legal and illegal. They sit up in their little towns having their wonderful lives and fika's, feeding the beautiful birds and enjoying their government funded lives..... meanwhile down south in places like Mälmo its a mini war zone........ If the Swedish news did a better job of the telling the truth and not omitting all the bad stuff in Sweden maybe the Swedes would not be embarrassingly oblivious!!
23:39 June 28, 2011 by Streja
Actually SD get very few votes from Stockholm etc and here's one who has lived in two of the towns you mentioned, not in Mälmo though. I'm not sure which town that is.

I've heard of Malmö but I suspect a know-it-nothing from the US has no clue.
00:07 June 29, 2011 by Hladir


I will be moving to Malmo shortly. I'll tell you how it compares to South London.
04:34 June 29, 2011 by GLO
Way overdue. Good!!!!
06:11 June 29, 2011 by calebian22
"We should safeguard freedom in Europe, but also fight crime. We must be able to handle both," she said.

Well obviously Sweden can't. A seive only slows the water, it doesn't stop it. Border controls are a good idea.
10:43 June 29, 2011 by hjoian
you can have free movement AND border control,but checking every car and person is no longer free movement. For a minister to quote that the only people who benefit from free movement are criminals is ridiculous......obviously he does not use his right to travel anywhere within the EU as a European citizen . Typical closet minded Swede.
11:02 June 29, 2011 by AnEye
Superficial way of looking at problems is the biggest problem.

Nations tumble when they try to blame external factors for their internal problem. The problem here is that somewhere in europe there is a place where illegal immigrants can enter Europe.

The problem is that a country fails to crack down a criminal so much so he crosses the border and in another country he continues his activities.

The problem here is that people from advanced and wealthier countries think that whatever is happening in world is not our problem when in some cases they are seeding trouble (e.g., Mujahids created and supported by US in afghanistan against USSR are now trouble for local people as well as international community).

We have to realize that we are connected by some thing called planet earth, if there is hunger and violence in one part then it will have impact on other parts of earth.

Right wing parties feed on emotions and propose ad hoc solutions by retrieving back to traditions, which is obviously not a way forward but backwards.
12:40 June 29, 2011 by cogito
@#7 "I suspect a know-it-nothing from the US has no clue"

How dumb can these Americans get! Imagine, he misplaced the little dots on the world-famous city of Malmö in an offhand comment.

Meanwhile, those brilliant Swedish journalists and teachers constantly misspell San Francisco (as San Fransisco).

But of course, San Francisco is not nearly as famous as Malmö.
12:41 June 29, 2011 by Grokh
People should understand that tightening border controls should have way more to do with catching criminals, gangs, slavery etc.

I just travelled around sweden down to denmark and no checkpoints no nothing, i mean even the train clerk announced there were thieves on the damm train and we should look out...

i wasnt asked for my id or passport anywhere... it shows how easy it would be if i were a drug traffiker or slaver or something stupid like that.
13:18 June 29, 2011 by AnEye

I am not sure if they check passport of every person in USA when he is crossing border. I understand the two things are different, but idea of common border control is result of unity called European Union which is not as strongly coupled as in case of USA but still a union.

As for thieves they are every where, I have traveled extensively via öresund bridge but never managed to get anything stolen.

But still as I said they can be everywhere and I dont see any connection between thief on a train and border control. A criminal in a train from Malmo to copenhagen is as dangerous as having a criminal on a train from malmo to stockholm. So may be there should be a dedicated police officer in every train across entire Europe. :)
19:41 June 29, 2011 by manrush
It's a good thing the government is adhering to the Schengen agreement and refusing to listen to the SD nutcases.
14:58 June 30, 2011 by lewni
""But every member state within the EU is obligated to take care of people seeking refuge within its borders," Ask said. "

No wonder Sweden is fit to burst with immigrants if that's what it believes.
05:03 July 1, 2011 by ericrufinosiah
I wonder if the present Swedish Government has the statistic on the immigrants

who were welcomed to Sweden from 1990 - 2010 and the breakdown be it on

religious background,countries of origin and the contributions they gave to

Sweden.If the natives Swedish do not play an active role in their country's affair then the time will come when Sweden will be known as the Land of the Midnight Moon instead of the Sun.
21:51 July 5, 2011 by michael ladochkin
Hei all, i know from my experiense that all privileges are given to those from africa arab`s area etc. Somali pirates all were given refugee status for ex...For educated and сapable to work and be useful for the society the scandinavian doors are tightly closed....
17:41 July 8, 2011 by Mark S.
@AnEye: In the US, you show a passport if you are arriving from another country. You do not show a passport to travel from one state to another -- you do not need identity papers of any kind.

(Strangely, you need identity papers to get on an airplane; apparently terrorists do not have identity papers...)

The point of open borders is simple: It costs money to enforce border restrictions. You have to pay border guards. You also have to consider the cost of the inconvenience. If you live in Malmo (sorry - US keyboard at the moment), you might travel to Kobenhavn to buy something; but if it takes a half hour each way just to go through the border inspection, you might not.

@JoeB: If you think the EU is stupid, I suggest you read a little bit of history. Concentrate on the years 1914-1918 and 1939-1945. Look up EEC on wikipedia.

The Sweden Democrats are missing the obvious next step of their policies, though. If you can stop criminals with border controls between Denmark and Sweden, the same thing should work at the border between Skane and Smaland, Skane and Halland, Smaland and Ostergotland, etc. Are your papers in order?
19:13 July 15, 2011 by Alfred Nevada
This seems like a smart idea by the Sweden Democrats.
23:47 July 16, 2011 by Grokh
@AnEye the thieve was just an example i also mentioned drugs and slavery, specially slavery btw.

Im not swede nor even scandinavian. So when im crossing 2 countries borders like the danish swedish border, i think there should be some form of control.

As for the unity of the european union nobody said its a perfect idea. One thing is for people like you and me to cross and visit other countries and go back.

Another thing is people abusing that freedom to do horrible things.

dont focus too much on the thief, but see it this way if thieves can run around a train while i cross the border, imagine how easy it is for human trafickers etc.

Take Romania for example ,right now is the worlds biggest checkpoint for human traffickers, and guess what ? they are in the european union....with all the benefits of facilitation of no border control.
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