Pope denounces ‘narrow self-interest and nationalism’ in Europe’s treatment of migrants

Speaking on the Greek island of Lesbos, the Pope has condemned the treatment of migrants in Europe, calling out the ‘narrow self-interest and nationalism’ and propaganda of European governments. 

The Pope urged governments to focus on the causes of migration such as “forgotten wars”, instead of punishing those who feel their effects.

“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”.

“Let us eradicate the prevailing mentality revolving around our ego and personal and national egoisms which determine every decision we take”, Pope Francis added.

Last month 27 people died when their inflatable dinghy sank in the Channel between France and the UK. The number of people attempting the crossing has also been growing, with over 26,000 people arriving in the UK so far this year, more than double last year’s total.