"If we really let [migrants] apply for asylum [from such camps], we will create an unthinkable factor of gravity," Kurz told the Osterreich 1 (O1) radio station.
He also expressed doubt that "all 60 million people who are fleeing their homes" in various parts of the world automatically have the right to apply for asylum in Europe.
According to Kurz, it would be more reasonable to first evacuate such people from crisis-hit regions rather than spur them to embark on a risky travel across the Mediterranean.
European countries have been experiencing a severe migration crisis since 2015 due to the influx of thousands of migrants and refugees fleeing crises and poverty in the Middle East and North Africa.
Following the two-day European Council summit, which kicked off on Thursday, the EU leaders said that the bloc intended to pay more attention to cooperation with the countries of migrants’ transit and origin.