Denmark extends border controls by another six months

Denmark extends border controls by another six months

Denmark extends border controls by another six months

France will extend checks at borders with fellow Schengen members until April 30, the interior ministry said Thursday, citing the "persistent" terror threat to prolong controls in place since the November 2015 Paris attacks.

Border controls were introduced on May 11 for six months after the European Commission advised some member states to take measures to deal with the refugee crisis.

Denmark, Austria, Sweden, and non-EU member Norway have also applied controls in some frontiers within the Schengen area, which will end on November 11.

Immigration minister Inger Støjberg wrote in a press statement that, despite the drop in numbers of asylum seekers arriving in Europe in comparison with a peak in late 2015, the borders of Europe's countries were still under pressure.

"At the same time, we can not close our eyes to the serious terrorist threat against Denmark".

Following the extension, the controls will be in place until May 12 - taking their total time in existence to over 28 months. "The government has, therefore, considered it necessary that border controls be maintained so far".