Syrian refugees arrive in Canada

In this Thursday Sept.24, 2015 photo, Syrian refugees Amena Abomosa, 43, right, and her daughter Isra, 18, wait, prior to boarding a train to Vannes, western France, in the Montparnasse railway station, in Paris. Her slain husband, bombed-out Damascus home and refugee life are behind her. The recipient of a coveted asylum-seeker visa, Syrian teacher Amena Abomosa is settling into a new life in France with her family. But now what? They are among the few amid a sea of desperate Syrians to arrive in Europe with prior approval to seek haven. British Prime Minister David Cameron and other European leaders would prefer for all refugees to come this way – applying at European embassies abroad, undergoing careful screening and entering the EU legally. Everyone else, they argue, should stay away, instead of risking perilous journeys. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

TORONTO, ONTARIO (WIVB) — The first wave of Syrian refugees have now arrived in Canada, landing at Pearson Airport in Toronto.

The Toronto Mayor, Canadian Prime Minister, other officials and Ontario residents have been preparing for this moment for months. Hundreds of Ontario residents are stepping up as sponsors for the refugees – helping financially to support travel costs, any expenses, find housing and schools.

The Canadian government plans to welcome 10,000 Syrian refugees by the end of 2015 and 25,000 by the end of February 2016.

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