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Migration Isn’t a Danger, It’s a Challenge for Growth: Pope

Migration Isn’t a Danger, It’s  a Challenge for Growth: Pope

ROME - Pope Francis, who was reunited Friday with one of the Syrian refugees he brought home with him from Lesbos, Greece, said migrants don't pose a danger to Europe's culture but rather a challenge for societies to grow.
Francis made the comments during a visit to the Roma Tre university, one of the main public universities in the Italian capital. There, he met with Nour Essa, who along with her husband and child flew back to Rome with the pope after his April 16, 2016 trip to Lesbos.
Since then, Essa has won a government scholarship to finish her biology studies at Roma Tre and has become something of an activist for refugee rights in her new country.
During a question-and-answer session in a courtyard at the university, Essa asked Francis about fears expressed by many Europeans that Syrians and Iraqi migrants threaten Europe's Christian culture.
Francis responded by noting that his native Argentina is a country of immigrants, and that ending wars and poverty would trim migration flows.
"Migration isn't a danger, it's a challenge to grow," he said, adding that European countries must not only welcome migrants but integrate them into society.
"They bring to us a culture, a culture that is rich for us. And also they have to receive our culture and there has to be an exchange of cultures," he said. "Respect. And this removes fear." (AP)