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Dalai Lama says that there are 'Too Many' Refugees in Europe

"From a moral point of view, I think that the refugees should only be admitted temporarily," the Tibetan spiritual leader said.

June 07th, 2016
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Speaking to German reporters at the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, the Dalai Lama, globally known for his compassionate views, has said that “‘too many’ refugees are seeking asylum in Europe".

The Tibetan spiritual leader said that "we feel the misery" of each refugee and that all humans have a "responsibility to help", but that Europe has let in 'too many' refugees and that "Europe, for example Germany, cannot become an Arab country. Germany is Germany". Asked for his impressions on the overall European response to the refugee crisis, he said: “I think some, especially Germany, have given a very good response" “but then you have to think, it is impossible for everyone outside Europe to come to Europe, impossible, and that “from a moral point of view, I think that the refugees should only be admitted temporarily.”

However, beyond these assertions, he also did convey his characteristic compassion: "When we look into the face of every single refugee, especially the children and women, we can feel their suffering," he said, but "the goal should be that they return and help rebuild their countries."

These statements could be seen as ironic, considering that the Dalai Lama, the leader of the Tibetan people living in exile, is himself one of the world’s most prominent refugees. Moreover, the Dalai Lama often speaks of the need for greater humanity worldwide.

The 80-year-old also affirmed that the role of Dalai Lama should not necessarily continue after his death, insisting that it should be up to the Tibetan people to decide if he is to have a successor.

 

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Cultural Diplomacy News
Jessica Sama, CD News