Austria had more asylum applications last year than live births, startling new statistics have revealed.
The news follows efforts by Austria to shore up its borders ahead of the summer migrant season, with the crossings to Italy now effectively sealed off.
On the same day that Mr Fischer revealed the worrying statistics, the European Union’s statistics agency announced is own asylum figures.
They said that EU nations granted asylum to over 330,000 applicants last year – a 72 per cent increase on 2014.
Around 165,000 of those were Syrian citizens, while 27,600 came from Eritrea and 23,700 from Iraq