Danish police let migrants go on to Sweden

2015-09-10 14:36
Danish police clash with one of around 300 migrants who were walking north on a highway in southern Denmark. (Ernst van Norde, AP)

Danish police clash with one of around 300 migrants who were walking north on a highway in southern Denmark. (Ernst van Norde, AP)

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Vienna - Denmark's police chief says his officers have been ordered not to stop hundreds of refugees and migrants who have entered the country via Germany.

Jens Henrik Hoejbjerg says it is purely a police decision, adding Danish officers "can't detain foreigners who do not want to seek asylum [in Denmark]."

In Thursday's statement, Hoejbjerg said the National Police took the decision late Wednesday. There was no immediate reaction from the Danish government.

Under EU rules, people seeking asylum should do so in the first EU country they enter and not travel from one country to another.

Many of the migrants say they want to go on to Sweden, Norway or Finland, because they have relatives there or believe that conditions for asylum-seekers are better.

Austrian police say more than 3 000 migrants and refugees crossed into Austria overnight at Nickelsdorf, the main border point with Hungary.

They say a train carrying 400-500 left for Vienna early Thursday but most remain at Nickelsdorf.

Interior Ministry spokesman Karl-Heinz Grundboeck says authorities are meeting to discuss whether further special trains will be sent to the border for transport to Vienna's Westbahnhof terminal.

Most of those arriving there since the influx began on the weekend have chosen to continue on to Germany.

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