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Wed, 07 Oct, 2015 12:02:43 AM
FTimes – STT Report, Oct 7
 
Asylum seekers arrive to refugee reception center in the northern town of Tornio, Finland on September 25, 2015. File Photo – Str / Lehtikuva.
Sweden is going to enhance control on foreigners within its borders, making it difficult for asylum seekers to traverse the country and move to other places for seeking asylum, reported Radio Sweden.
 
This may reduce the number of asylum seekers arriving in Finland, because many Iraqis pass through Tornio border when coming to Finland from Sweden.
 
According to the Dublin Regulation, asylum should be applied for in the first country which the asylum seeker enters.
 
The Swedish police sieve so far has been lax, making it easy to slip through.
 
Now, for instance, the police in Skåne have tightened control. The police are now monitoring almost round the clock the Malmö Central Station and Trelleborg ferry port where the majority of asylum seekers arriving in Sweden alight.
 
The police intend to investigate in greater detail cases where permits are not in order or situations where asylum seekers do not apply asylum in Sweden.
 
“If the requirements are not met, the matter will be sent to the Immigration Service and the person may be sent back,” spokesperson Eva-Gun Westford from the Skåne police said.
 
More than 5,000 refugees have registered with the Tornio refugee centre in the past two weeks since the centre was opened, said the Lapland Police Department.
 
Around 280 new asylum seekers arrived on Monday. Less than 200 asylum seekers were expected to arrive on Tuesday.
 
On Monday, over 470 asylum seekers from the registration centre departed for reception centres across the country.
 
The Lapland police said the Finnish Customs will continue to tighten the control at the borders and the Finnish Border Guard will as well intensify monitoring in accordance with the Aliens Act.
 
The Finnish Defence Forces will continue to support activities at the registration centre.
 
The Finnish Immigration Service tweeted that the number of asylum applicants this year has surpassed the 20,000 mark.
 
The interior ministry estimated that a total of 50,000 asylum seekers will arrive in the country this year. The majority of new arrivals have passed through Haparanda in Sweden and Tornio.
 
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