Dalai Lama says ‘too many’ refugees in EU

According to the Dalai Lama there are “too many” refugees in Europe who have fled conflicts in the Middle East.

By Bronte Price, PoliticKING

The Dalai Lama reportedly thinks that Europe has accepted too many refugees. Speaking to German reporters in Dharamsala, northern India, where the exiled Tibetan government is located, the Dalai Lama said that "too many" refugees are seeking asylum in Europe. He added that they should stay only temporarily and return to rebuild their home countries once the war has ended.

“A human being who is a bit more fortunate has the duty to help them.” The Dalai Lama said. “On the other hand, there are too many now,” he added.

Encouraging countries taking in refugees to take a healthy look at the situation, the Dalai Lama said these countries should realize that it’s not possible for all of the newcomers to be integrated into European society. He added that the main goal for Europe’s leaders is to provide them with shelter temporarily.

“Europe, for example Germany, cannot become an Arab country. Germany is Germany,” he said. “There are so many that in practice it becomes difficult.”

The Dalai Lama also conveyed his compassion for the refugees, underlining the importance of their return home. "When we look into the face of every single refugee, especially the children and women, we can feel their suffering," he said. "The goal should be that they return and help rebuild their countries."

Around 1.8 million asylum-seekers have illegally entered the European Union in 2015 in what has become the worst refugee crisis since World War II. Refugees are fleeing war, poverty and political persecution in Middle Eastern countries such as Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.

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