The Dalai Lama says in a new interview that while Europe should take in migrants and refugees entering the continent, most who enter should ultimately “return to their own land” while “a limited number” can stay.
Asked in a wide-spanning interview with the BBC about increasing numbers of migrants seeking refuge in Europe, the 83-year-old Tibetan spiritual leader said countries on the continent should offer them an education and training but said the aim is to send them back to their native lands.
“A limited number is OK, but whole Europe eventually become Muslim country? Impossible. Or African country? Also impossible,” he told the BBC in the interview published Thursday.
He also expressed his support to “keep Europe for Europeans.”
The Dalai Lama’s comments echo similar remarks he made in 2015, when he said while in Sweden that Europe was “morally responsible” for helping “a refugee really facing danger against their life,” but that “they ultimately should rebuild their own country” and that “Europe belongs to the Europeans," according to Swedish news outlet The Local.
The spiritual leader also criticized President TrumpDonald TrumpFormer defense secretary Esper sues Pentagon in memoir dispute Biden celebrates start of Hanukkah Fauci says lies, threats are 'noise' MORE in the BBC interview released Thursday, arguing that the president has a “lack of moral principle” and saying he disagrees with his handling of migrant children seeking asylum.
"When I saw pictures of some of those young children, I was sad," he told the BBC. "America ... should take a global responsibility."