MELBOURNE: As many as 38,209 Indians acquired Australian citizenship in 2019-20, making it the largest diaspora group to be granted the country’s citizenship, Australia’s government said.
Indians were followed by Britishers at 25,011, Chinese at 14,764, Filipinos at 12,838 and Pakistanis at 8,821, it added.
The government further said that 60,000 people were conferred citizenship through online ceremonies.
Australia’s Acting Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs Alan Tudge said citizenship was an important part of Australia’s success as a socially cohesive, multicultural nation.
“Becoming an Australian citizen means more than just living and working here – it’s a pledge of allegiance to our nation, our people and our values. When someone becomes a citizen, they make a pledge to uphold Australia’s rights, liberties, laws and democratic values. It represents a willingness to integrate into our successful multicultural nation,” Tudge said.