Dalai Lama: Europe Has 'Too Many' Refugees
The Dalai Lama says that Europe has taken in "too many" refugees from war-torn countries and that they should eventually return to their native lands to rebuild.
The Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader spoke to a German newspaper about the refugee crisis in Europe.
"When we look into the face of every single refugee, especially the children and women, we can feel their suffering," he said, according to AFP. “A human being who is a bit more fortunate has the duty to help them.
"On the other hand, there are too many now.”
The 80-year-old Dalai Lama said that Germany "cannot become an Arab country," saying that "Germany is Germany."
He added that from a moral point of view, the refugees should only be admitted "temporarily."
"The goal should be that they return and help rebuild their countries."
Last year, Germany accepted over one million refugees, most of whom were fleeing the Syrian civil war. The Dalai Lama has lived most of his own life as a refugee, after China's military took over the Himalayan region of Tibet in 1951. Since then, tens of thousands of Tibetans have made their homes in India and Nepal.
The comments have delighted some Donald Trump supporters who've noted that the opinion aligns with their chosen candidate's.
The DALAI LAMA now shares common ground with Donald Trump, this is the best election ever and I won't hear otherwise.
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— All-American Male (@chrisbraly) May 31, 2016
— Henry Rops (@HenryRops1) May 31, 2016
The Dalai Lama is expressing sentiments that coincide with Donald Trump's? What are we going to do? We cannot be hypocrites, you know.
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