The first flight of Syrian refugees arrived in Canada yesterday and were greeted at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport by none other than Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Canadians have been welcoming the newly arrived refugees on Twitter. The hashtag #WelcomeToCanada is currently trending and has more than 13,000 tweets at the time of publication.
Here’s a selection of the warm welcomes Canadians are giving Syrian refugees on social media:
To all the Syrians seeking refuge…. you are home. #WelcomeToCanada
— Jaime Thomas (@jaime_fortytwo) December 11, 2015
So proud of my Canadian brothers and sisters today. If only Americans could be as brave and gracious as all of you. #WelcomeToCanada
— zach miller (@zachmillerz) December 11, 2015
Dear refugees, we want you here. We are glad you came. Wishing you peace and love here in your new home. #WelcomeToCanada
— Meaghan Smith (@MeaghanSmith) December 11, 2015
Lovely people of Canada many many thanks , May God bless you. PEACE &LOVE , respect, gratitude. #WelcomeToCanada
— gulzar hussain (@hussainsaj) December 11, 2015
— Peggy Taylor (@piggles70) December 11, 2015
— Rhi Myfanwy Kirkland (@therhiannok) December 11, 2015
I am SO proud of this beautiful country #WelcomeToCanada
— Carrie Cooper (@CarrieCooper96) December 11, 2015
I can’t stop reading the #WelcometoCanada feed. So wonderful. Now let our hard work and resolve meet our ambition and help our new friends.
— Will Murray (@Will__Murray) December 11, 2015
— Shim Slady (@ItsYaneka) December 11, 2015
We are all lucky to have you come to this great country. #WelcomeToCanada
— Yesss (@gowdamon) December 11, 2015
I am so incredibly proud to be a Canadian today. #WelcomeToCanada You are loved. Please be at peace.
— Sara G (@lilmack0rz) December 11, 2015
#WelcomeToCanada There can be hope in this world.
— Andrew Templeton (@machinefair) December 11, 2015
#WelcomeToCanada To Canadian bound refugees, please know we’re thinking of you with care & will be so happy when you arrive here to safety.
— BRyan__ (@_B_Ryan) December 11, 2015
— Billy Gregory (@thebillygregory) December 11, 2015
— Sophie Rousseau (@RadioCanSophie) December 11, 2015
People around the world are using the #WelcomeToCanada hashtag to show their support as well.
— Octopus Grigori (@OctopusGrigori) December 11, 2015
#WelcomeToCanada is heartwarming. A breath of fresh air in a world filled with bigotry and ignorance. I commend Canadians on their gestures.
— Haidar Sumeri (@IraqiSecurity) December 11, 2015
— Deborah (@Prufrockery) December 11, 2015