Canada: Syrian refugees get VIP welcome

Canada: Syrian refugees get VIP welcome
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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

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

“Welcome to your new home.” PM Trudeau personally greets first plane load of #Syrian refugees arriving in Canada. pic.twitter.com/r4DJ2zQ2Uw

— Muhammad Lila (@MuhammadLila) December 11, 2015

“Welcome to your new home.” PM Trudeau personally greets first plane load of #Syrian refugees arriving in Canada. pic.twitter.com/r4DJ2zQ2Uw

— Muhammad Lila (@MuhammadLila) December 11, 2015

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.

Front page of the TorontoStar</a> today, as Canada welcomes first tranche of refugees. <a href="https://t.co/X5EwdiL5gL">pic.twitter.com/X5EwdiL5gL</a></p>&mdash; Reid Standish (ReidStan) December 10, 2015

“We are just happy that they are now out of danger and can start a new life here.” https://t.co/KXZAhj0qIPpic.twitter.com/mmaf43O7BD

— TorontoStar (@TorontoStar) December 11, 2015

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.

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