The Dalai Lama Says 'Europe Belongs To Europeans'

Evarado Alatorre
Setiembre 14, 2018

The Dalai Lama, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989, said Europe was "morally responsible" to help refugees who are facing danger in their native countries, but that their stay in Europe should be a temporary one.

"Receive them, help them, educate them. but ultimately they should develop their own country", said the 83-year-old spiritual leader, who is himself no stranger to their plight, having fled the capital Lhasa to escape Chinese persecution - the communist country that has occupied the sovereign city of Tibet since 1950.

Speaking at a conference in Sweden this past Wednesday, the Dalai Lama said that refugees from the Middle-East need to work on rebuilding their homeland because "Europe belongs to the Europeans".

It's not the first time the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize victor has said something along these lines.

"Europe, for example Germany, can not become an Arab country", he told German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. "Germany is Germany. There are so many that in practice it becomes hard".

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"From a moral point of view, too, I think that the refugees should only be admitted temporarily", he continued. The Dalai Lama is now on a European tour. "The goal should be that they return and help rebuild their countries".

When asked what he thought of Trump, the Dalai Lama put his hand over his forehead and started to laugh.

The Dalai Lama has a huge 18.7 million followers on Twitter right now, but when Piers interviewed him he had 12m (still just as impressive).

"Such famous people I think [have] no ability to compete my wisdom".

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