Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has appointed Ahmed Hussen – a former refugee from Somalia – as the minister for immigration, refugees and citizenship

Just over a year ago, Mr Hussen was celebrating becoming the first ethnic Somali MP in Canada.

Now he has even risen further, by becoming the country’s first ethnic Somali minister. He came to Canada as refugee from Mogadishu two decades ago aged 16.

He is a strong supporter of welcoming migrants and will now be in charge of government policy on the matter.

Canada already has a refugee-friendly policy and offered a new home to almost 40,000 Syrian refugees last year.