"This systematic practice endangers the life of people, including young children, that often end up abandoned in the middle of the sea," refugee rights groups say in a letter to Pope Francis ahead of his visit to Greece.
The bill would allow Denmark to move refugees arriving on Danish soil to asylum centres in possible partner countries such as Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia and others.
The lawsuit at the European Court of Human Rights says Athens carried out a violent and massive coordinated operation against 200 people stranded on a boat.
Refugees can only seek asylum in the country they first entered on arrival in Europe, but a German court is challenging this with a ruling that may offer hope to Syrians facing deportation.
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