Pope Francis on Saturday said that the G20 summit in Germany “worries” him because of the potential for “very dangerous alliances” among world leaders, with particularly dire consequences for migrants.
“I worry about very dangerous alliances between powers which have a distorted vision of the world: America and Russia, China and North Korea, (Russian President Vladimir) Putin and (Syria’s Bashar al-) Assad over the war in Syria,” the pope said in an interview with Italy’s La Repubblica newspaper.
“The danger concerns immigration. Our main and unfortunately growing problem in the world today is that of the poor, the weak, the excluded, which includes migrants,” he said, pointing to countries which “fear an invasion of migrants.”
“This is why the G20 worries me: It mainly hits immigrants,” he said.
Since 2015, Europe has faced an influx of hundreds of thousands of migrants evidemtly worrying authorities of many nations. The pope warned its leaders not to fall prey to the illusion that it is possible to seal its borders.