Australia Day ceremonies to deliver 13,000 new citizens

Post date: Jan 30, 2012 2:52:10 PM

Since they first began in 1999, the Australia Day Citizenship Affirmation ceremonies have grown in popularity.

In 2012, there are expected to be in excess of 13,700 individuals making the transition from migrant to citizen on January 26, attending one of the hundreds of events to be held across the country.

With more than 120 local councils taking part in the wide-spread celebrations, the number of Australian participants is also set to grow.

The cause of this recent spike in popularity seems to be a growing appreciation for the freedoms and liberties that the nation holds dear.

According to a spokesman for the Department of Immigration and Citizenship, these values form one of the leading reasons why migrants choose to take the Australian citizenship pledge - a longstanding requirement of the citizenship ceremony.

The spokesman asserted: "The popularity of affirmation ceremonies continues to grow with more and more existing Australian citizens affirming their commitment to Australia at stand-alone events as well as at citizenship ceremonies.

To read more, click Migration Alliance's article on "Australia Day ceremonies to deliver 13,000 new citizens".

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