The headline refers to asylum seekers who arrived between 2014 and 2017.
“Austria has borne the main load from 2014 to 2017. Our system is simply overwhelmed,” the Minister of the Interior said in a conversation with heute.at. Other countries of Europe would have to bear this burden. The fact that the EU is twice as many migrants as Chancellor Merkel once said, he clearly does not see. “Very simple,” says Sobotka. “If you look at the asylum seekers, you can see that 90 percent are migrating to the needs-oriented minimum security system.
Therefore it is still important to protect the borders of Austria. The Balkan route is dense – “We had up to 15,000 refugees per day on some days, today it is an average of 30” – but there is “a new problem route” with the Black Sea. And: Italy continues to be “central concern”: “There are 200,000 migrants, with 60,000 to 70,000 in the Balkans.”
From CIW NEWS Contributor
Austria (AT) is estimated to have a population of 8.8 million with a growth rate during 2010-2015 of 0.4% pa.
At the same rate of change, in five years' time its population will increase by 0.2 million.