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Saudi teen refugee arrives safely in Canada after dramatic asylum plea

An 18-year-old woman named Rahaf Al-Qunun arrived in Canada Saturday after being granted asylum to avoid returning to her home country of Saudi Arabia.

Al-Qunun fled her family while on a trip to Kuwait and flew to Thailand, where she barricaded herself in an airport hotel room while launching a social media campaign pleading for asylum.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Friday Al-Qunun would be welcomed to his country as a refugee. She was met at the airport in Toronto by Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland, who dubbed Al-Qunun "a very brave new Canadian."