The Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of the Tibetan buddhists, told an audience in Sweden that while Europeans should help refugees who are fleeing war or facing death, the refugees ultimately need to "rebuild their own country" because "Europe belongs to the Europeans."
The Dalai Lama made his remarks on Sept. 12 in Malmo, Sweden, which has a large immigrant population, reported the AFP. Malmo also has a major crime problem, largely due to the massive influx of immigrants from Middle Eastern and African countries. Malmo has been called the "rape capital of Europe."
Speaking to the crowd, the Dalai Lama said of refugees, "Receive them, help them, educate them ... but ultimately they should develop their own country."
"I think Europe belongs to the Europeans," he said, reported the AFP.
In 2016 while visiting Germany, the Dalai Lama explained that Germany, and Europe overall, "cannot become an Arab country."
"Germany is Germany," he said. "There are so many that in practice it becomes difficult."
He also said, as reported in The Washington Post, "When we look into the face of every single refugee, especially the children and women, we can feel their suffering. The goal should be that they return and help rebuild their countries."
The Dalai Lama, 83, has lived in exile from Tibet since 1959, a refugee who fled the Communist Chinese. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989.