The 163 refugees that stepped off the airplane into the chilly Toronto air on Friday were given a very warm welcome indeed: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau handed them winter coats with their new citizenship.
The airport terminal was converted into a special processing center that not only conducted the normal customs and immigration screenings, but also greeted the Syrians with completed paperwork for citizenry, along with winter clothing, and toys for the children.
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Sponsors from all over Canada have volunteered to aid the asylum-seekers in finding housing and have already raised $24,000 for each Syrian family to ease their settlement.
“You’re safe at home now,” said the new prime minister to the disembarking displaced persons.
The country expects to welcome 20,000 more refugees by the end of February.
(WATCH the remarkable welcome in the video above)