Denmark Announces New Checks ‘Within Schengen Rules’

Denmark tightening border controls in an attempt to control the flow of refugees from the Middle East and Africa but promises the changes will respect Europe’s visa-free Schengen travel system.

Kristian Jensen, Denmark's Foreign Minister  Photo: Wikipedia / Jens Honoré

Kristian Jensen, Denmark’s Foreign Minister
Photo: Wikipedia / Jens Honoré

Kristian Jensen, Denmark’s new right-wing foreign minister said Tuesday that his government would beef up controls at the borders in an attempt to tackle the number of migrants arriving in the country.

Jensen told Reuters: “We want to make it tough on criminals to pass, but still easy for companies to come through”, he said, reassuring that “the strengthened border control will be within the framework of Schengen, in dialogue with relevant authorities and in accordance with neighbouring countries”.

Denmark’s new government took power on Sunday after unsuccessful coalition talks with the anti-immigration Danish People’s Party (DPP).

But to pass legislation in parliament, the narrow minority government will need the backing of the DPP, which has been calling for the type of border controls announced on Tuesday.

Denmark is not an EU member but forms part of Europe’s passport-free Schengen zone, which allows visa-free travel within the territories of EU member states, Denmark and Switzerland.