INTERNATIONAL

Indians the biggest group getting Australia citizenship

38,209 of them became citizens in 2019-2020

More than 38,000 Indians became Australian citizens in 2019-2020, a 60% increase from the previous year and the largest diaspora group to be granted the country’s citizenship.

Out of the over 2,00,000 people who became Australian citizens in 2019-2020, 38,209 were Indians, the highest number on record, followed by 25,011 Britishers, 14,764 Chinese and 8,821 Pakistanis.

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...,” Mr. Tudge said.

During the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis, the Australian government has started online ceremonies which have seen over 60,000 people being conferred the citizenship. The Department of Home Affairs is resuming citizenship interviews and testing in line with COVID-19 health advice.

As per the Australian Bureau of Statistics’s 2016 census, 6,19,164 people in Australia declared that they were of ethnic Indian ancestry. This comprises 2.8% of the Australian population. Among those, 5,92,000 were born in India.

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