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Welcome to Canada! The PM greets Syrian refugees

In photos: the first large group of Syrian refugees arrives in Canada.

Thursday night, 163 Syrian refugees arrived in Canada and were greeted by a Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport. Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, local and federal politicians and people who just wanted to give the Syrians a warm welcome also gathered. “They step off the plane as refugees, but they walk out of this terminal as permanent residents of Canada with social insurance numbers, with health cards and with an opportunity to become full Canadians,” said Trudeau. Below, photos from the night:

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Welcome, welcome! #welcometocanada #myheart #toronto #syria

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Awesome to see this at Toronto Pearson International Airport. #WelcomeRefugees #WelcometoCanada #CDNpoli #Canada

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