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Sweden Imposes Temporary Border Controls Amid Refugee Crisis

  • Supplemental budget to add 11 billion kronor in spending
  • Opposition says measures may increase intake of refugees
Refugees register at Stockholm central mosque on Oct. 15, 2015.

Refugees register at Stockholm central mosque on Oct. 15, 2015.

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Sweden imposed temporary border controls to stem a record inflow of refugees as the Nordic nation pleads with the rest of Europe to help deal with the biggest migration wave seen in the region since World War II.

The government put checks in place as of noon on Thursday, targeting key crossings such as the Oeresund bridge from Denmark. The checks will last 10 days and can be extended for 20 days at a time, in line with European Union rules, the government said. Ferry operators have also been asked to carry out identity checks and set up passenger lists.