Monday, 16 September 2019 08:55 GMT

Denmark Suspends Rail Links with Germany Due to Migrant Crisis

(MENAFN - Qatar News Agency) Denmark has suspended all rail links with Germany after police stopped hundreds of migrants at the border.

Danish police also closed a motorway between the two countries when some asylum seekers began walking north after being forced off a train, the (BBC) reported. They say their destination is Sweden. As the EU struggles with a major migrant crisis, the European Commission has proposed that 120,000 additional asylum seekers should be shared out between members, using binding quotas.

`Denmark's DSB rail operator said trains to and from Germany had been suspended for an indefinite period because of exceptional passport checks. Two trains carrying more than 200 migrants are being held in Rodby, a major port with ferry links to Germany. Danish police say many migrants are refusing to leave the trains because they do not want to be registered in Denmark.

`Police also closed part of the E45 motorway - the main road link between Germany and Denmark - after about 300 migrants left another train and set off on foot towards Sweden near the border town of Padborg. Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke-Rasmussen said Denmark was under pressure as asylum seekers arrive on their way to Sweden. "This clearly shows that what we are facing right now is not only a refugee problem, it is also a migration problem," he said.

Sweden has become a top destination for refugees after it promised to issue residency papers to all Syrian asylum seekers.EU member states to accept their share of an additional 120,000 refugees, building upon proposed quotas to relocate 40,000 refugees which were set out in May.

Denmark Suspends Rail Links with Germany Due to Migrant Crisis

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