Some 55 asylum seekers who took part in a protest against Finland’s asylum policies at the northern border crossing town of Tornio have left the country by walking across the border en masse from Finland to Sweden on Tuesday afternoon, according to police in Finnish Lapland.
Chief of Police at Norway's border checkpoint to Russia, Stein Kristian Hansen, counts less travellers than last year, but there are still many more than before visa-freedom was introduced in the Norwegian-Russian border area.
For the next 180 days, only citizens of Finland and Russia will be allowed to make it over the countries' two northernmost border-crossing points. This is in accordance with our EU commitments, which is to close new illegal immigration routes, Finnish President Niinistö says.
Swedish police units could be dispatched to neighbouring countries in the Nordic region if they happen to be closer to an incident starting next year, according to Sweden’s Minister for Home Affairs Anders Ygeman.