New Brunswick welcomes first Syrian refugees
Familes welcomed by church sponsors and supporters
The first group of Syrian refugees who will make New Brunswick their home arrived in Fredericton Saturday.
The flight with 24 refugees landed at the Fredericton airport at 3:30 p.m.
Church sponsors and other supporters gathered at the airport to await their arrival.
They welcomed the refugee families with homemade signs and smiles.
First Syrian refugees touch down in New Brunswick at YFC <a href="https://t.co/GFSu8z6jSD">pic.twitter.com/GFSu8z6jSD</a>—@RedShannon
Premier Brian Gallant was among the delegates expected to be on hand to greet them.
The Citizenship and Immigration Canada website says the 24 are among 1,186 that have arrived in Canada over the last few days.
The Syrian refugees that are landing in <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NB?src=hash">#NB</a> Fredericton <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NB?src=hash">#NB</a> are the first of dozens expected in the days to come.—@CBCShane
Eight of the refugees will be headed to Hampton, seven to New Maryland and nine to Saint Andrews.
Others are expected to arrive in the next day or so and will be located in Fredericton and Saint John.