First Syrian Refugees Arrive in Canada
The first plane carrying Syrian refugees arrived in Canada’s Toronto on Friday, local media reported.
According to the CBS News broadcaster, the 163 refugees were welcomed by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport.
In late November, Canada’s Ad Hoc Cabinet Committee on Refugees Chair Jane Philpott announced that the country would welcome 10,000 asylum seekers from Syria by the end of the year, pushing the deadline to receiving the total of 25,000 refugees by the end of February, 2016.
According to an International Organization for Migration (IOM) regional coordinator, the Canadian authorities started carrying out checks on Syrian refugees in Jordan that were slated for resettlement to Canada later in December.