The president of the Czech Republic has claimed that it is “practically impossible” to integrate the Muslim community into Europe. Milos Zeman, a left-winger known for his anti-refugee stance, has previously claimed that the influx of migrants into Europe is a coordinated plan by the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood to control the continent.
In a televised interview, Zeman said, “The experience of western European countries which have ghettos and excluded localities shows that the integration of the Muslim community is practically impossible.”
“Let them have their culture in their countries and not take it to Europe, otherwise it will end up like Cologne,” he added, referencing the mass sex attacks in Cologne, Germany, on New Year.
“Integration is possible with cultures that are similar, and the similarities may vary,” he said, noting that Vietnamese and Ukrainian communities had integrated well into Czech society.
More than one million migrants arrived in Europe in 2015, most fleeing violence in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan, according to the UN.
Zeman’s comments are in line with his past rhetoric. Last year he called the arrival of migrants “an organised invasion,” urging young men to stay in Iraq and Syria and take up arms against Daesh instead of fleeing.
Fortunately, not everyone agreed with him.
See some reactions below, via Twitter.
So it turns out that, adding to a growing list, the Czech President is a tremendous racist | https://t.co/gMEoJMRws6— Charles Brophy (@CharlesBrophy_) January 18, 2016
Another fascist leading a European nation: Integrating Muslims into Europe is 'impossible', says Czech president https://t.co/1l4HeV0twx— Kareem Shaheen (@kshaheen) January 18, 2016
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