Dalai Lama Warns that the Whole of Europe Could Become 'Muslim or African' if Migrants are Not Returned to Home Countries
The Dalai Lama has warned that Europe could become 'Muslim or African' if refugees who have been taken in are not then sent back to their home countries.
The Buddhist spiritual leader, who has been living as a refugee in India since fleeing Tibet in 1959, said only a 'limited number' of migrants should be allowed to remain.
During an interview with the BBC, the Dalai Lama added that refugees who have fled to Europe should be given skills before being returned.
He said Europe was under an obligation to take in those who needed help, but ultimately they should be returned to their homelands.
The 83-year-old said: 'European countries should take these refugees and give them education and training, and the aim is - return to their own land with certain skills.'
When asked what should happen to those who want to stay in their adopted countries, he replied: 'A limited number is OK. But the whole of Europe [will] eventually become Muslim country - impossible. Or African country, also impossible.'
The interviewer asked about his own refugee status, the Dalai Lama repeated his previous claims that 'Europe is for Europeans'.
He added: 'They themselves, I think [are] better in their own land. Better [to] keep Europe for Europeans.'
It is not the first time the monk has made such comments. In a speech last year in Malmo, Sweden, the Tibetan Buddhist said refugees should return to help rebuilt their own countries.
He said: 'Receive them [migrants], help them, educate them, but ultimately they should develop their own country. I think Europe belongs to the Europeans.'
Last September when he made a similar comments after being asked about refugees during his public talk in Rotterdam, the Dalai Lama issued a statement in response.
He said: 'When refugees from other countries have come to Europe, it's wonderful that Germany and other European countries have given them help.