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    Refugees should only be accepted in Europe on a temporary basis, and Germany can never become an Arab land, the Dalai Lama told German newspaper FAZ.

    Too many people have arrived recently in Europe seeking refuge and most of them should go home, the Dalai Lama told German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) on Tuesday.

    The 14th Dalai Lama, who has lived in exile in India since 1959, explained that he doesn't have a passport, but travels using a registration certificate given to him by the Indian government.

    "This is a travel document which states that I am a Tibetan refugee living in India. Normally it's no problem, there are only a few countries who don't accept this document," he said.

    The newspaper went on to ask him for his view on the refugee crisis currently affecting Europe, given that "after all these years, you are still a refugee."

    "If you look at each individual refugee, especially women and children, we feel their suffering. A person who is doing better has a duty to help them," the Dalai Lama said.

    "On the other hand, there are now too many. Europe, for example Germany, can't become an Arab country. Germany is Germany. There are so many (refugees), that things are difficult in practice. Also from a moral point of view I think that these refugees should only be accepted on a temporary basis. The goal should be that they return and help to rebuild their own countries."

    After cautioning about the impracticalities of such mass migration, the Dalai Lama was asked about "increasing Islamophobia" in Europe.

    "There are Muslim individuals and small groups, who kill each other in their own countries. Shiites, Sunnis. They don't represent the whole of Islam or all Muslims. Love is the core message of all religions, including Islam. There are evil people who are Buddhists, Christians, Jews and Hindus. We should not condemn the entire Muslim world because of some sad events which are caused by a small number of Muslims," he said.

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