Eighty-four per cent of Austrians support closing Europe’s external borders, and a strong majority are fearful of the knock-on effects of the migrant crisis, a new opinion poll has revealed.

The poll, commissioned by a national newspaper, has laid bare the hardening opinion of ordinary Austrians in the face of the rapidly developing migrant crisis. The wide-ranging polling conducted by Unique Research on behalf of the Austrian Heute found 60 per cent of Austrians either wanted to reduce the flow of migration to their country, or stop it altogether.

The same proportion — 60 per cent — said they were feeling concern and discomfort about the number of migrants coming to Austria. Only eight per cent thought Austria should take more migrants.

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