VIENNA: A family of four Syrian refugees has arrived in Austria, the first of 500 that the country has offered to take.
Interior Ministry spokesman Karl-Heinz Grundboeck says the family arrived Tuesday evening. He says plans are to bring the rest of the contingent to Austria "as quickly as possible," but cannot give a precise date for when the last refugee will enter the country.
The four are Christians. Charity organizations have criticized the government's selection method, saying Christians were given preference. Grundboeck says that members of groups most at threat were chosen - children and minorities, including religious minorities.