Canada’s prime minister Justin Trudeau has personally welcomed the 1st of 25,000 Syrian refugees Canada hopes to resettle over the subsequent three months.
- Canada’s prime minister greets 1st of 25,000 Syrian refugees to arrive in the nation
- 163 Syrians arrived by plane in Toronto
- Canada is hoping to resettle 10,000 Syrians by the end of the year
- Unlike the United States, there has been little opposition to the resettlement program
Government and opposition MPs joined Mr Trudeau in greeting the refugees when they landed in Toronto.
“This is a great night, where we get to show not just a planeload of new Canadians what Canada is all about, we get to show the planet how to open our hearts and welcome in people who are fleeing extraordinarily difficult conditions,” the prime minister said.
Mr Trudeau’s Liberal government scaled back the quantity of Syrian migrants it will accept by year finish right after the attacks in Paris sparked concern that the election promise to bring in 25,000 by December 31 would not permit adequate time for security checks.
The plane carrying 163 Syrian refugees touched down in Toronto just just before midnight on Thursday (neighborhood time) and will be followed by a second military airlift to Montreal on Saturday.
Mr Trudeau has mentioned 10,000 will be resettled by the finish of the year and a additional 15,000 by the finish of February.
As he met the military aircraft amid tight safety at a special terminal, privately sponsored Syrian refugees have been arriving on industrial flights at Toronto’s principal terminal, greeted by sponsors and ordinary Canadians who had come to the airport to welcome the a lot-anticipated newcomers.
“They are very tired, but they are happy and hopeful,” stated Soriya Dasir, a worker with Abraham Festival, a group that sponsored a single mother and 3 youngsters who had been living in a camp in Jordan for two years, as she escorted them previous waiting media.
Warm reception contrasts with US response
Toronto’s airport authority urged Canadians not to come to the airport to greet the refugees or drop off donations, saying: “We’re so proud that our community wants to support, but such a response would be really overwhelming for those arriving.”
The request did not deter Shai Reef, 20, who held up a sign that study: “Welcome to Canada” in Arabic.
“I’m here to show my solidarity for and support of the Syrian men and women going by way of genocide in Syria,” Mr Reef said.
“As Jews, we were also locked out, I know what it feels like.”
Toronto’s mayor tweeted a welcome, although the Toronto Star, the country’s biggest newspaper, covered its front web page with a “Welcome to Canada” banner headline in English and Arabic, along with an post explaining Canadian climate, ice hockey and slang.
The reception in Canada contrasted sharply with that of the neighbouring United States, where worry of Syrian refugees following the deadly November 13 Paris attacks spurred opposition to permitting them entry.
Some US governors stated their states would not accept Syrian refugees, even though Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump referred to as for a ban on Muslims getting into the nation.
With security concerns, immigration paperwork and the flight’s late-evening arrival, refugees on the military aircraft were to be place up at a nearby hotel for the night prior to meeting their sponsors and resettlement agencies on Friday.
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