Almost 8,000 refugees have left Austria so far this year, according to a report released by the Interior Ministry.

Austria has set a limit of 37,500 on the number of refugees it is willing to accept this year - as part of new government measures to ensure a tougher stance in Europe's refugee crisis.

The latest figures show that by the end of September, 75 percent of the total limit had been reached - with 34,657 asylum applications made.

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