The Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, said Wednesday that "Europe belongs to the Europeans" and that refugees should return to their native countries to rebuild them.
Speaking at a conference in Sweden’s third-largest city of Malmo, home to a large immigrant population, the Dalai Lama said Europe was "morally responsible" for helping a refugee really facing danger against their life. Receive them, help them, educate them... but ultimately they should develop their own country.
Social media users condemned the comments, calling the Dalai Lama a "bigot" and a "hypocrite". Dalai Lama is followed by millions of Buddhists around the world. He is a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, but has made controversial comments about refugees in the past.
"Europe, for example Germany, cannot become an Arab country," he said in an interview with German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung in 2016, in which he also said that there were "too many refugees" in Europe.
native：形容詞，出生國的，出生地的。例句：She returned to live and work in her native Japan.（她回到出生地日本生活與工作。）
bigot：名詞，獨斷論者，執拗的人。例句：He was known to be an opinionated bigot.（眾所皆知，他是固執己見的偏執狂。）
laureate：名詞，得主，得獎者。例句：He is the laureate of several international music competitions.（他在多項國際音樂比賽中獲獎。）