15:41, Sat, Jan 7, 2017 | UPDATED: 19:08, Sat, Jan 7, 2017
AS many as 15 million new migrants could enter Europe from Africa in the next three years, according to a report by an Austrian intelligence agency.
The Austrian Military Intelligence agency predicts a further 15m migrants into Europe from Africa.
The agency said one solution to the impending influx would be for Europe to bolster African nations’ economies, in order to support job creation, productivity and education.
This in turn would encourage more investment from abroad and persuade more people to stay and work in their country of origin.
The study found that between 2013 and 2016, more than half a million Africans immigrated to EU countries, with the most coming from Eritrea.
About 100,000 Eritreans are believed to have fled their war-torn country, while Nigeria had the second most asylum seekers, with around 80,000.
Somalia was third with about 60,000, followed by Gambia (40 000), Mali and Algeria (30 000 each), Sudan, DR Congo, Guinea and Senegal (more than 20,000).