VIENNA – The Latest on the crisis of mass migration to Europe (all times local):
The Dutch government says that one in four migrants seeking asylum in the Netherlands so far this year has come from a country considered "safe," meaning they are ineligible for refugee status.
The Immigration and Naturalization Service said Monday that a quarter of the 4,400 first-time asylum requests in 2016 came from countries such as Albania, Serbia and Kosovo.
Last year, nearly 59,000 migrants applied for asylum in the Netherlands, a small, densely populated country of 17 million.
As the Netherlands seeks ways to cope with the influx, migrants from safe countries are now being rejected faster and are no longer allowed to await decisions on appeals in this country and have to immediately leave.
Austria's chancellor says European countries have to send a message to those seeking safe haven that they cannot expect to choose which nation will accept them.
Werner Faymann also is calling for progress in talks between the EU and countries like Pakistan and Morocco to facilitate the return of migrants with no chance for asylum.
Fayman says "we have to make clear to refugees that they cannot pick where they will be accommodated in Europe."
In comments late Sunday to state broadcaster ORF, Faymann defended his country's decision to introduce annual caps on the number of people Austria would accept as refugees, saying "we will continue to back this stance."