By Nicole Williams
After spending their first night in Canada at a hotel in Toronto the first group of Syrian refugees are now on their way to their new homes.
163 refugees got a warm welcome last night at Pearson Airport.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne were among the first to greet the families.
After the long journey the new arrivals made their way to the travel lodge hotel where they spent their first night in Canada.
Most Syrian refugees are looking forward to getting back to living a normal life.
“The feeling of safety doesn’t compare to anything else. Now we feel we are really humans,” said Syrian refugee Talar Chitjian.
For many refugees the experience is all about gratitude.
“First thanks to god, but then to my sponsors. Bless you Canada, you are very kind,” said Yousef Blble, who also arrived last night.
Up to 2000 more refugees are expected to land in Canada before the end of the year.
The above seasonal temperatures are not the typical winter welcome most Canadians are used to, but it could be an added bonus for those ready to go to their new home.