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Two Syrian refugee girls smile in the Zaatari refugee camp, near Mafraq, Jordan, on Nov. 29
Two Syrian refugee girls smile in the Zaatari refugee camp, near Mafraq, Jordan, on Nov. 29

161 Syrian refugees arrive in Montreal

Quebec will welcome 7,300 refugees by the end of 2016

A plane with 161 Syrian refugees has arrived in Montreal, the first to land in the city as part of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s plan to welcome 25,000 Syrian refugees by the end of 2016.

All but one person in this group are expected to settle in Quebec. The other person will continue to Prince Edward Island.

The people on this flight are privately sponsored. They will be met by members of their communities at the airport.

They’ll also be met by the premier of Quebec, Philippe Couillard, the mayor of Montreal, Denis Coderre, and Canada’s heritage minister, Mélanie Joly.

Provincial cabinet ministers, including the ministers of immigration, public security, and health, will also be at the airport upon the refugees’ arrival.

The province will welcome 7,300 Syrian refugees by the end of 2016. The vast majority of those newcomers will stay in Montreal.

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