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Migrant crisis: Denmark halts trains

Thursday, September 10, 2015 - 01:41

Denmark halts trains and motorway links with Germany to stem the flow of migrants heading through to Sweden in search of asylum. Paul Chapman reports.

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These migrants who arrived in Denmark by rail have their hearts set on asylum in neighbouring Sweden. About 240 migrants aboard three trains from Germany made their point by refusing to get off. Later on Wednesday the protesting migrants left the trains, some met by volunteers offering to drive them to Sweden. Sweden's the Nordic country of choice for asylum seekers. It has one of Europe's most open policies towards them. The migrants fear registration in Denmark would force them to seek asylum there despite government cuts in benefits by up to half. (SOUNDBITE)(English) SYRIAN REFUGEE, LOKMAN GAN, FROM DAMASCUS SAYING: "I don't know, maybe I don't trust. Many times they tell you you can go where you want to go." (SOUNDBITE)(English) UNIDENTIFIED MIGRANT SAYING: "I'm feeling happy, we're all happy because we're leaving this country. We don't want to stay here." Other migrants were trying to walk the 350 kilometres to Sweden along this Danish motorway. Danish police said authorities were required to register refugees entering the country. (SOUNDBITE)(Danish) POLICE INSPECTOR SOREN RAVN-NILSEN SAYING: "They want to continue travelling to other Nordic countries. The Danish authorities are obliged to register those refugees who enter our country and are also obliged to deal with their cases." Denmark wants to reduce the number of asylum seekers entering the country after 14,000 came last year. By contrast Sweden received more than 80,000 last year, second only to Germany.

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Migrant crisis: Denmark halts trains

Thursday, September 10, 2015 - 01:41