Herbert Kickl, Austria's newly sworn-in interior minister, intends to beef up the country's asylum policies to curb crime rates, local media reported Wednesday.

Speaking at a gathering of the Council of Ministers, Kickl, a member of the right-wing Freedom Party (FPÖ), said the new government would work on the speedy deportation of migrants who have been denied asylum.

Kickl referred to a 2016 security report citing an alleged rise of 13 percent in criminal acts carried out by foreigners that year, Austrian news agency APA reported Wednesday.

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