Two Syrian refugee children pose while their family undergoes medical screening in Beirut before the beginning of an airlift to Canada.
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A Canadian military airlift Thursday transported 164 Syrian refugees from the Rafik Hariri International Airport in Beirut to Toronto, the first of many expected flights to meet the country's ambitious resettlement goal.Canada is planning to resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees from host countries including Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey by the end of February 2016, a fast-approaching deadline that has required its embassies to scale up processing. The National News Agency said that another Canadian military airlift was set to land in Lebanon in the few coming days to transfer more Syrian refugees in Lebanon into Canada.Canada's openness toward refugees comes at a time when certain European countries and the U.S. are considering more restrictive approaches.
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