Dalai Lama says ‘Europe belongs to Europeans’ and claims refugees should return home to help rebuild their countries

The Buddhist spiritual leader acknowledged Europe’s ‘moral responsibility’ to help those ‘who are really facing danger’

THE Dalai Lama has said refugees should return to home and help rebuild their countries as “Europe belongs to Europeans”.

The Buddhist spiritual leader from Tibet, acknowledged that Europe had a responsibility to help them, but insisted they must also do their part.

Dalai Lama Europe belongs to Europeans

Dalai Lama Europe belongs to Europeans



The Dalai Lama has said migrants who move to Europe should return to their countries and help rebuild them

Speaking at a conference in Malmo, Sweden, the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize winner said: “Receive them, help them, educate them.

“But ultimately they should develop their own country.”

He added: “I think Europe belongs to the Europeans…”

The 83-year-old later explained, Europe was “morally responsible” for helping a “refugee really facing danger against their life”.

His comments come shortly after a migrant from Malia who rescued a young boy dangling from a balcony in Paris was made a French citizen for his rescue efforts in May.

President Emmanuel Macron personally thanked Mamoudou Gassama and offered him a role in the fire service.

The Dalai Lama fled Tibet in 1959, when he was chosen to become the 14th reincarnation, but Tibetans rejected Chinese rule.

He made a 15-day journey across the Himalayas in a bid to reach India, where he remains in exile.

The 83-year-old flew to Switzerland to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Tibet Institute Rikon.

He is expected to take part in a range of events in the city this week.

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