Vancouver, Dec 12: Canada welcomed Syrian refugees on Thursday after the first flight carrying 160 refugees landed in Toronto, a first step towards welcoming them.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau personally welcomed them and greeted them. Trudeau was seen telling refugees: "Welcome to Canada, welcome to your home."
In an earlier address to staff and volunteers who were waiting for the refugees to arrive, Trudeau said: "This is a wonderful night, where we get to show not just a planeload of new Canadians what Canada is all about, we get to show the world how to open our hearts and welcome in people who are fleeing extraordinarily difficult situations."
Trudeau was seen greeting the families and mingling with the children who had just arrived.
He said: "Tonight, they step off the plane as refugees. But they walk out of this terminal as permanent residents of Canada, with social insurance numbers, health cards, and an opportunity to become full Canadians."