'Welcome to Canada': Sponsors wait at Toronto airport for Syrian refugee arrivals

TORONTO - A group of Ontario residents eager to meet the Syrian refugees they have sponsored has set up camp at Toronto's Pearson airport to await their imminent arrival.

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Lubna Malik held up a sign that read "Welcome to Canada Khabbaz family" as she stood at the gate with her husband and other relatives.

Next to her were bags bursting with winter coats, clothes and children's backpacks for the newcomers.

She says they learned Sunday that the two families would be arriving Wednesday night, and it's been a scramble to get everything ready.

For now, she says, the refugees will be staying with community members who have freed up their basement apartments in Milton, Ont., but only until more permanent lodging is found.

Malik and her husband are part of several families to join forces to sponsor Syrian refugees through a Muslim community group -- the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama'at.



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