German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday her government would step up efforts to deport rejected asylum seekers faster, after hundreds of far-right protesters called on her to resign over her migration policy.

The anti-Islam PEGIDA movement organized the protest against Merkel’s decision in 2015 to leave German borders open to about one million refugees, mainly from Muslim countries.

That caused a rise in anti-immigrant sentiment and helped propel the anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany (AfD) party into parliament in national elections last year.

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