Speaking to the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, the Dalai Lama said that there were “too many” refugees seeking asylum in Europe.
“Europe, for example Germany, cannot become an Arab country,” he said. “Germany is Germany. There are so many that in practice it becomes difficult.”
According to the BBC, Germany received more than 476,000 asylum applications in 2015, more than any other European country:
The remarks struck some as ironic, given that the Dalai Lama, the leader of the Tibetan people living in exile, is one of the world’s most prominent refugees himself.
“From a moral point of view, too, I think that the refugees should only be admitted temporarily,” he also said.
Have a tip we should know? email@example.com