EU calls on Denmark to open its borders ‘as soon as possible’ to help migranthit Germany


However the defiant Danes today voted to continue the strict border policy until at least March 4 after bringing in tough security seven weeks ago to tackle the growing number of migrants entering the country from Angela Merkel’s Germany.

But after a vote the EU encouraged the Scandinavian country to stop the internal border controls. 

EU spokeswoman, Tove Ernst, said: “Temporary border controls at internal borders should remain exceptional and proportional.

“The ultimate goal should be to return to a normal situation as soon as possible for all member states.”

Police have carried out checks to ensure that no illegal migrants have entered Denmark since January.

Migrants without valid papers have either had to seek asylum or have been told to find another route to their final destination in Europe.

The Danish border controls were implemented after the Swedes” decided to introduce the so-called transporter responsibility, where transporters have to check identity papers of travellers crossing the border.

At the time, Danish PM Lars Løkke Rasmussen said: “We can and must take care of Denmark.

“The new Swedish demands for ID checks pose a serious risk that a large number of illegal migrants in a short period of time can accumulate a danger to public order and safety.

“We do not want this, but it is in this light we see ourselves forced to introduce temporary controls at the German border.”

Brussels plea to Denmark comes after the Danish government voted to implement their third consecutive extension of the border control. 

According to the so-called Schengen Borders Code, member countries can impose temporary border controls within the otherwise boundless Schengen area for up to two years. 

The decision to extend the border control for another 10 days comes as 109 people have been arrested for human trafficking on the Danish-German border. 

In the 56 days the country has implemented the strict policy they have interviewed over 230,000 people. 

And according to new figures, several of the people charged for human trafficking tried to help undocumented migrants across the border – in violation of Danish law.