"We cannot act as if all refugees really have basis to seek asylum. Therefore we have to increase repatriations," Faymann told the Oesterreich newspaper in an interview published Sunday.
According to the official, the country’s aim is to decrease the number of illegal EU border crossings which currently stands at 1.5 million.
"If the protection of the outer borders works as it should, the next step should be the opportunity for the controlled and regulated arrival of genuine refugees," Faymann added.
The European Union is currently struggling to manage a massive refugee crisis, with hundreds of thousands of people fleeing conflict-torn countries in the Middle East and North Africa.