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German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday the record refugee influx to Europe's biggest economy will change the country, which was now seen by many abroad as a place of "hope".

"What we are experiencing now is something that will occupy and change our country in coming years," she said after 20,000 migrants arrived at the weekend alone.

"We want the change to be positive, and we believe we can accomplish that," she added.


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