New Brunswick

New Brunswick welcomes first Syrian refugees

The first influx of Syrian refugees to New Brunswick are set to arrive in Fredericton Saturday.

Familes welcomed by church sponsors and supporters

Syrian refugees arrive in Fredericton

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A large crowd of supporters, sponsors and well-wishers welcome the first 2 refugee families to arrive in New Brunswick

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.

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. 

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.