EUROPE should be kept for Europeans, with migrants from Africa or Muslim countries eventually being returned home, the Dalai Lama has said.
The 83-year-old was speaking at his home in the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, where he has lived since fleeing Tibet in 1959.
In an interview with the BBC, he said that “European countries should take these refugees and give them education and training.
“And then aiming is… return to their own land”.
Asked whether refugees should be allowed to stay in Europe if that’s what they would prefer, he added: “Limited number… OK. But whole Europe eventually become Muslim country? Impossible.
“Or African country? Also impossible.”
He was responding to questions about a previous question on which he said: “The goal should be that migrants return and help rebuild their countries.
“You have to be practical. It’s impossible for everyone to come.”
The comments had been used in a poster by the Leave campaign during Britain’s referendum on its membership of the European Union.
When interviewer Rajini Vaidyanathan pointed out that the Dalai Lama was himself a refugee, he responded: “They themselves [the refugees], I think better in their own land.
“Better. Keep Europe for Europeans.”
At a conference on Wednesday in the Swedish city of Malmo, itself home to a large immigrant population, he also said that Europe was “morally responsible” for helping “a refugee really facing danger against their life”.
The Dalai Lama fled Tibet in 1959 in the wake of a failed uprising by guerrillas opposed to control of Tibet by China, which had been in force since 1951.
Asked what he thought of Britain’s decision to leave the EU, he said: “I am one admirer of [the] spirit of [the] European Union.
“I’m outsider but I feel better [to] remain in the union.”
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He also said he thought Donald Trump had a “lack of moral principle” and that the president’s America First platform was “wrong”.
“America, they should take the global responsibility,” he said.
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