From today, a Syrian family of five will be calling Australia home. They're the first of 12,000 refugees from Syria to be resettled in Australia.
The family has had a long journey to get here. From the city of Homs in western Syria, which has been bombed by the civil war...
To refugee camps in the Middle East...
And finally to their new home in the beachside city of Perth, the capital of Western Australia.
The father of the family wrote a letter which was released by the social services minister Christian Porter, in which he thanked Australia for "giving us a chance at happiness".
"Thank you to the Australian government for opening their doors and providing a better future for me and my children," the father said.
"We would just like to thank everybody for giving us a chance at happiness.
"I'd like to provide a good education for my children. From what I've seen just from the Australian embassy in Jordan, Australians are very fair and very kind, and I'm sure that I'll find the same treatment here as well.
"My most important ambitions are to educate my kids well, to find safety, to get a job, and live in peace."
Christian Porter says the family will receive accommodation, welfare, English language training and employment support.
He told ABC Radio that the father was "very keen" to move into the workforce.
In the wake of the Paris attacks and with the news that one of the perpetrators was carrying a Syrian passport, some Australians have been calling on the government to halt its emergency intake of 12,000 Syrian refugees.
Alexandra Lee is a politics reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Sydney, Australia.
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