He was caught making a speech at a conference in Malmö, Sweden, where just recently a neo-Nazi, anti-immigrant party achieved 17% of the vote.
I haven’t seen the detailed remarks, but he is quoted as saying:
“Receive them, help them, educate them … but ultimately they should develop their own country,”
“Europe belongs to the Europeans”.
Ironically, he is also a refugee from Tibet, currently controlled by the Chinese regime in Beijing.
Despite the condemnation that’s been heaped on him, I am inclined to be charitable. There’s no indication he is arguing for forcible repatriation whatever the circumstances at home. I suspect he himself wants to return to Lhasa and the Potala Palace, but cannot because of the tyrannical Chinese regime. I really cannot imagine he has a racist bone in his body.
What I suspect he means is that people born and raised in a place, have roots they should nurture, and be willing to return to heal wounds, once it is safe to do so. Perhaps if we had the full remarks available, that’s what we would hear.