ABU DHABI, 12th December 2015 (WAM) — Canada has set a humanitarian example by extending a warm welcome to the first batch of Syrian refugees in Toronto when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau personally greeted the refugees at the airport, a local UAE newspaper said on Saturday.

“The kind reception in Canada contrasts sharply with that in the neighbouring United States where US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump caused a worldwide uproar with a proposal to temporarily block Muslims from entering the US,” the Gulf Today wrote in an editorial, noting that the 163 refugees will be followed by a second military airlift to Montreal on Saturday.

The words of Justin Trudeau reflect a shining spirit: “This is something that we are able to do in this country because we define a Canadian not by a skin colour or a language or a religion or a background, but by a shared set of values, aspirations, hopes and dreams that not just Canadians but people around the world share.”

Trudeau, it added, has declared that 10,000 refugees will be resettled by year-end and a further 15,000 by the end of February. “His government has pledged to accept a total of 25,000 refugees… So far 944,909 refugees and migrants have crossed the Mediterranean to reach Europe this year, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).”

It also noted that the Syrian crisis has displaced more than three million children inside the country and that the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) has alerted the world about the harsh winter conditions looming for more than eight million Syrian children living inside the war-ravaged country or as refugees around the region and beyond.