Posted on August 2, 2023

Sweden Weighs Tighter Border Controls After Quran Burnings

Laura Hülsemann, Politico, August 1, 2023

Sweden’s prime minister is considering tightening border controls over security concerns after recent Quran-burning controversies.

“As everyone knows, we have a complicated security situation both in and around Sweden,” Prime Minster Ulf Kristersson said during a press conference Tuesday. {snip}


“People with very weak links to Sweden should not be able to come to Sweden to commit crimes,” Kristersson added during that press conference.

In recent weeks, Sweden and Denmark have witnessed several Quran burnings often led by far-right protesters, which were condemned by the EU. Denmark has “received considerable negative attention” from militant Islamists in response, the Danish Intelligence Service reported Monday.

The incidents have caused backlash in Muslim-majority countries and last month protestors stormed the Swedish embassy in Baghdad in light of a planned Quran burning in Sweden.


Kristersson also condemned the recent anti-Islam statements and warned that people were using Sweden as a stage to spread hateful messages. {snip}