The Pope has criticized Europe’s handling of migrants.
Pope Francis stated on the Greek island of Lesbos, where he spoke with dozens of migrants, that they were being used for political purposes. He referred to migrant neglect as a “shipwreck of society.”
He advocated focusing on the causes of migration, such as “forgotten wars,” rather than penalizing people who suffer as a result of them. He also criticized the construction of barriers to keep people out.
“In Europe there are those who persist in treating the problem as a matter that does not concern them – this is tragic,” he said.
“History teaches us that narrow self-interest and nationalism lead to disastrous consequences.”
While the coronavirus pandemic had shown that major challenges had to be confronted together and there were some signs of this happening on climate change, there was little sign of such an approach to migration, he said.
“It is easy to influence public opinion by instilling fear of the other,” Pope Francis said.
consequences and are even used for political propaganda.”
The Pope cited war, economic agreements “where the people have to pay” and the flow of weapons as factors leading people to seek a better life elsewhere.