Canada received its first group of refugees on Thursday, and the famously hospitable nation couldn't be happier to lend shelter to those in need.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was at Toronto Pearson International Airport to personally welcome at least one family.
Canadian PM @JustinTrudeau welcomed Syrian refugees as they arrived at Toronto's Pearson Intl Airport last night. https://t.co/NKvPoldqod — AJ+ (@ajplus) December 11, 2015
The accumulating messages of warmth from Canadian citizens birthed #WelcomeToCanada as the refugees arrived.
Many Canadians expressed pride in ignoring worries of terror...
So proud to be Canadian! First refugees have arrived. I live in a country that is choosing compassion over fear. Amazing! #WelcomeToCanada — Julie-Anne Mauno (@julieannemauno) December 11, 2015
While others noted Canada opened its arms by choice...
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
...and is honored to help those who experienced so much tragedy.
#WelcomeToCanada I can't wait to share my beautiful country with amazing people who deserve it after all they've been through,welcome home — Alexe (@darksoulatl) December 11, 2015
This Canadian joked about popular local cuisine.
#WelcomeToCanada, and we're already sorry for all the times people will talk to you about poutine in the next 72 hours. — Jonathan Ore (@Jon_Ore) December 11, 2015
And even children expressed their joy for new friends.
#WelcomeToCanada! Many blessings and welcome to the neighbourhood RT @TorontoStar pic.twitter.com/Kn7xWjpfBh — RSU (@RyeSU) December 11, 2015
Kids welcome their new Syrian friends with open arms —> https://t.co/hlt0ihjNCd #WelcometoCanada pic.twitter.com/OkyifYhPlE — Today's Parent (@Todaysparent) December 11, 2015
The Toronto Star newspaper also published a beautiful letter reminding the refugees they now have the same protection as Canadian natives.
Beautiful. The @TorontoStar's welcome message to refugees arriving in Canada. #WelcomeToCanada#Syria#AhlanWaSahlanpic.twitter.com/qdSWGsFjlf — Nahayat Tizhoosh (@NahayatT) December 10, 2015.