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Tensions around the Öresund Bridge between Denmark and Sweden

January 2016

Tensions around the Öresund Bridge between Denmark and Sweden

Following Sweden's decision to introduce on 4 January 2016 systematic checks on all people coming from Denmark in order to better control the influx of refugees, the 15,000 cross-border workers who every day travel by public transport between the two countries across the famous Öresund Bridge, a symbol of the two countries' long-standing and extensive cross-border integration, are facing long queues on a daily basis.

At a meeting in Brussels on 6 January with the Danish and Swedish immigration ministers, the European Commission attempted to defuse the tensions sparked between the two countries.

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