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First planeload of Syrian refugees arrives in Canada

Friday, December 11, 2015 - 00:57

The first planeload of Syrian refugees lands in Toronto to a warm greeting by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau himself. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION). After months of promises and weeks of preparation, the first Canadian government planeload of Syrian refugees landed in Toronto on Thursday, aboard a military aircraft met by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The plane carrying 163 Syrian refugees touched down in Toronto just before midnight and will be followed by a second military airlift to Montreal on Saturday. Trudeau has said 10,000 will be resettled by the end of the year and a further 15,000 by the end of February. As Trudeau met the military aircraft amid tight security at a special terminal, privately sponsored Syrian refugees were arriving on commercial flights at Toronto's main terminal, greeted by sponsors and ordinary Canadians who had come to the airport to welcome the much-anticipated newcomers. The reception in Canada contrasted sharply with that of the neighboring United States, where fear of Syrian refugees following the deadly Nov. 13 Paris attacks spurred opposition to allowing them entry. Some U.S. governors said their states would not accept Syrian refugees.

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First planeload of Syrian refugees arrives in Canada

Friday, December 11, 2015 - 00:57