Image: Montreal Welcomes Ukrainians Twitter page of Yulia Kovaliv
A second charter flight carrying those fleeing war in Ukraine landed Sunday morning at the Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport, where like Olena Biruk touched down Sunday morning.
Dozens of Montrealers were present to welcome the newcomers by holding signs and flags and clutched balloons, stuffed animals, and flowers to give to the families.
The city of Montreal, the Ukrainian Canadian Congress, the Quebec Immigration Ministry, and the Union des Municipalités du Québec have partnered to support the Ukrainian settling in the city.
Michael Shwec, president of the Quebec chapter of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress, reportedly said that was very pleased with the warm welcome new arrivals received Sunday morning and thanked the federal and provincial governments, as well as the City of Montreal.
He also appreciated Quebecers’ support of the Ukrainian community, as displayed by the many donations made to associations working to welcome refugees in the province.
Dignitaries such as Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly and the provincial minister responsible for immigration, labor, and francization, Jean Boulet were at the airport Sunday morning to welcome the newcomers.
Thousands of Ukrainians since Russian forces first attacked in late February have already been welcomed by the federal government.
Canada has received just over 259,000 requests for temporary residency as of May 25, with 120,668 of those applications approved, according to federal government data.