One of Ireland’s most senior Islamic clerics has called for the deportation of refugees who are involved in illegal activity.
Shaykh Dr. Muhammad Umar al- Qadri made the comments as he spoke to students at Bandon Grammar School in Cork after Catholic Bishop Dr. John Buckley called for compassion and kindness towards refugees.
Al-Qadri warned that migrants who get involved in crime deserve to be punished.
“Refugees involved in illegal activity should be deported. They do not appreciate the host society and ruin it for others,” he said.
Bishop Buckley reminded Irish Christians that St. Patrick was a refugee and a slave, and that Irish migrants were once treated harshly in Britain, the US and Australia.
“We are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of life around the Mediterranean as desperate migrants attempt to enter the EU.
“They are in search of a better life. Some will be coming to this country and they are hoping that Ireland will be a place they are safe and can begin rebuilding their lives,” Buckley said.