The first Candian government plane carrying earlybird Syrian refugees arrived in small groups at Toronto airport on Friday. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was present at the airport to welcome the refugees. This gesture by Canada is in line with Trudeau’s pledge to resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees by the end of February.
The flight arrived just before midnight carrying the first of two large groups of Syrian refugees to arrive in the country by government aircraft. The refugees were greeted by loud cheers at the airport.
PICTURE GALLERY: First batch of Syrian refugees arrive in Canada
Trudeau greeted the first two families to come through processing. The first family was a man, woman and 16-month-old girl. The second family was a man, woman, and three daughters, two of whom are twins. Trudeau and Ontario’s premier welcomed them to Canada and gave them winter coats. Both families said they were happy to be here.
“This is a wonderful night, where we get to show not just a planeload of new Canadians what Canada is all about, we get to show the world how to open our hearts and welcome in people who are fleeing extraordinarily difficult situations,” Trudeau said earlier to staff and volunteers who were waiting to process the refugees.