Canada: Syrian refugees get VIP welcome

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Canada: Syrian refugees get VIP welcome
  • First Syrian refugees arrive in Canada
  • 10,000 by the end of year – PM Trudeau
  • Further 15,000 by end of February 2016

The first government-sponsored planeload of refugees from Syria has touched down in Toronto.

The 163 people on board were welcomed by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

A second Canadian military flight carrying refugees will arrive in Canada on Saturday.

10,000 will be settled be the end of the year and a further 15,000 by the end of February.

This fulfills the Canadian government’s pledge to accept 25,000.

The global situation

The UNHCR says 30 countries have pledged more than 160,000 places for Syrians under resettlement and other forms of humanitarian admission schemes.

The UNHCR estimates 944, 909 refugees and migrants have crossed the Mediterranean to reach Europe.

“This is the biggest crisis in the refugee world of our times bar none. More refugees are Syrian than any other nationality.” said spokesperson Adrian Edwards.