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Danish rail firm DSB cancels Germany trains

September 9, 2015

The Danish train operator DSB has canceled its trains to and from Germany. The firm said it was taking action after migrants seeking to enter the country had refused to leave a train.

Dänemark - Zug mit Flüchtlingen gestoppt
Image: picture-alliance/dpa/J. Norgaard Larsen

DSB said it was suspending its train services between Germany and Denmark for an unspecified time. The company said the action had been taken after hundreds of migrants refused to leave a train in a town on the border with Germany.

The Danish rail firm's decision followed a request from Danish police, as authorities struggle to process the influx.

Police said some 200 people at the port of Rodby, on the island of Lolland, had refused to leave two trains. Rather than be housed in Danish reception centers, the migrants asked to continue to Sweden, saying they had family or friends there.

Danish authorities have said the migrants will either be registered in Denmark or returned to Germany.

Major road route sealed off

Danish police earlier on Wednesday closed part of a highway near the German border, as some 300 migrants tried to reach Sweden on foot. The migrants, who had been housed in a school in the southwestern town of Padborg, said they wanted to head to Sweden, which has more generous asylum rules.

"We are trying to talk to them and tell them that it is a really bad idea to walk on the motorway," a Danish police spokeswoman said. She added it was unclear if it would be necessary to use force to get the group off the highway.

As well as canceling the Rodby train service, DSB halted all trains through Padborg.

Denmark has recently introduced tighter restrictions on those seeking to file asylum applications. The Danish parliament last week approved new laws cutting welfare benefits to newly arrived refugees and on Monday placed adverts in Lebanese newspapers aimed at deterring migration to the country.

rc/kms (dpa, AFP)