Danish MPs back controversial plan to relocate asylum seekers outside Europe

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    Danish lawmakers voted Thursday in favour of Denmark establishing a refugee reception centre in a third country that is likely to be in Africa, a move that could be a first step toward moving the country’s asylum screening process outside of Europe.

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