The first large group of Syrian refugees to arrive in the country aboard government aircraft touched down at Pearson Airport late last night.
A total of 163 were on board the plane which took off from Beirut, Lebanon yesterday with 70 per cent set remain in the Toronto area while the rest will be settled in British Columbia, Alberta, and Windsor, Ontario.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Premier Kathleen Wynne were among the officials who were on hand to greet the newcomers, the first of whom was Kevork Jamkossian who was accompanied by his wife and 16 month old daughter.
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In a touching exchange, Jamkossian thanked Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for the warm welcome and for making them feel at home, to which Trudeau replied “you are home, welcome home.”
After being processed, the travel weary new Canadians were taken to GTA hotels to get some much needed rest on their first night in the country.
The second large group of Syrians is due to arrive tomorrow at Trudeau Airport in Montreal.
The Trudeau government plans to re-settle 25,000 Syrian refugees in Canada by the end of February.