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Canada welcomes first batch of Syrian refugees at Toronto airport

Canada welcomed 163 Syrian refugees, taking in the first of a planned 25,000 in a matter of months and promising them a better life as they flee their country's horrific war.

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Syrian refugees are greeted by Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (L) on their arrival from Beirut at the Toronto Pearson International Airport in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. (Source: Reuters)

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Canada welcomed 163 Syrian refugees, taking in the first of a planned 25,000 in a matter of months and promising them a better life as they flee their country's horrific war. (Source: Reuters)

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The refugees arrived just weeks after Canada's newly elected Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said his country would pull its fighter jets from a US-led coalition targeting Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Syria. (Source: Reuters )

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Trudeau and several members of his Liberal government were on hand to greet the Syrians as they arrived on a troop transport plane in Toronto. (Source: Reuters)

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A Syrian refugee holds a child after arriving at a hotel in Mississauga, Ontario. (Source:Reuters)

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Canadian Prime Minister greets Madeleine Jamkossian, second from right, and her father Kevork Jamkossian, refugees fleeing the Syria, with cold-weather clothing as they arrive at Pearson International airport (Source:The Canadian Press via AP)

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took selfie with the Syrian refugees. (Source: AP)

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Over the course of the day, good samaritans came to the airport to donate winter clothes and try to greet the Syrians who had set out from Beirut. (Source: The Canadian Press via AP)

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Dozens of volunteers, interpreters and immigration officials helped the Syrians through the formalities of admission and gave them blankets, snow boots and other welcome gifts. (Source: AP)

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Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne offers a teddy bear to Madeleine Jamkossian, second from right, and her father Kevork Jamkossian, refugees fleeing from Syria (Source: The Canadian Press via AP)