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Dalai Lama Says 'Europe Belongs to the Europeans'

Europe should welcome refugees, but ultimately migrants should return home, he says
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 13, 2018 5:45 PM CDT
Dalai Lama Says 'Europe Belongs to the Europeans'
Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama holds a lecture called "The Art of Happiness and Peace" in Malmo, Sweden, Wednesday Sept. 12, 2018.   (Johan Nilsson/TT via AP)

(Newser) – Addressing a conference in Malmö, Sweden, home of many immigrants, the Dalai Lama said Europe was "morally responsible" for helping refugees who are in danger—but that ultimately those refugees should return to their homelands. "Receive them, help them, educate them ... but ultimately they should develop their own country," he said, per the Local. "I think Europe belongs to the Europeans," and that refugees "ultimately should rebuild their own country," he added. The 83-year-old Buddhist spiritual leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner fled Tibet as Chinese communist troops took over the area in 1959, and settled in India, where he was granted asylum, the Daily Caller notes. (Read more Dalai Lama stories.)

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