London’s new Muslim mayor has been praised by Pope Francis. The pontiff said that London’s election of the first Muslim mayor of a Western capital is “an example of how migrants can be integrated in Europe.” Sadiq Khan the new Mayor of London was elected by the Londoners on May 6.
Sadiq Khan, London’s first ever Muslim mayor was elected by the English voters followed by heavy criticism on his competitor Zac Goldsmith’ election campaign for emphasizing too much on Sadiq Khan’ religion. Although Sadiq was born in the UK his father is from Pakistan and made both ends meet by driving bus.
The pontiff in an interview with French Catholic newspaper La Croix, said today, May 17 that Sadiq Khan’s election had provided an promising sign amidst of the slackness displayed by Europe by putting up borders to migrants arriving from the Middle East and Africa.
What is more, the 79-years-old Pope remarked that the headmen of the Brussels attacks when 36 people were killed in suicide bombings at an airport and metro earlier this year in March, are an example of the after effects of not integrating migrants in Europe. Majority of the orchestrators of the Brussels attacks and Paris attacks which resulted in loss of 130 lives in November 2015, have grown up in the Molenbeek district of the Belgian capital, which is believed to be a haven for extremists.
He also went on to state, “Coming back to the migrant issue, the worst form of welcome is to ‘ghettoize’ them. On the contrary, it’s necessary to integrate them. In Brussels, the terrorists were Belgians, children of migrants, but they grew up in a ghetto. In London, the new mayor took his oath of office in a cathedral and will undoubtedly meet the queen. This illustrates the need for Europe to rediscover its capacity to integrate.”