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German Chancellor Angela Merkel defended her decision to let tens of thousands of refugees into the country, even as she stepped up efforts to get those who don’t qualify for safe haven to leave.

“Right now we need to return to an orderly and transparent handling of the huge number of refugees,” Merkel said after discussing the crisis with leaders of Germany’s 16 states on Tuesday. While “people who need protection will receive it,” there was agreement “that those who have no perspective to remain cannot stay in our country,” she said.