After spending decades in stateless, legal limbo, 14 Vietnamese refugees arrived in Toronto on Saturday — brought to Canada by fellow "boat people" who immigrated years ago.

Sabay Kieng and dozens of others have been stuck in Thailand — stateless — for 25 years after fleeing Vietnam.

Kieng's refugee claims were repeatedly denied, but he and his family were finally able to move to Canada because of a special arrangement between the federal government and Thailand.

The refugees arrived thanks in part to sponsors David Huynh and his wife, who made their own journey from Vietnam to Canada years ago. 

Huynh told CBC News he wanted to "pay it back" for the help he received when he made the trek.

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From a report by Charlsie Agro