354 new Australians celebrate their citizenship

Some of the families who have just become our newest Australian Citizens!

Shweta Pai

This morning at the Sydney Royal Easter Show, 195 conferees and their families became new Australian citizens in today’s Citizenship ceremony which also noted the RAS’ 195th year.

Having taken a ceremonial oath and pledge, many families represented the diverse cultures of our most recent immigrants, participating in this morning’s Australian Citizenship ceremony.

This is the third year the Sydney Royal Easter Show has collaborated with the Department of Immigration and Border Security to host a special Australian Citizenship Ceremony.

Here are just a few of our newest Australian families.

We asked them what becoming Australian citizens means to them.

Meet the Lajorins

Where do you originally come from?

Nigeria.

What does becoming Australian citizens mean to you? 

“Australia is the lucky country for us”.

Meet the Abu-Talebs

Where do you originally come from?

Jordan.

What does becoming Australian citizens mean to you? 

“We chose to become Australian citizens because it’s a safe country, where our kids can grow up and where we will achieve our goals and live our lives in peace”.

Meet the Cory’s

Where do you originally come from?

The UK.

What does becoming Australian citizens mean to you? 

“We’re so happy to be able to spend the rest of our lives in Australia. We’ve come from South Wales … to New South Wales – the irony!”

Meet the Juarez-Mendoza’s

Where do you originally come from?

Mexico.

What does becoming Australian citizens mean to you? 

“Coming to Australia was a second chance for me and my family to start a new life…the journey was much easier than expected and it has been the best decision of our lives”.

Meet the Ramasamy-Singaravelu’s

Where do you originally come from?

India, then Ireland.

What does becoming Australian citizens mean to you? 

“We’re happy because of the freedom in Australia, the equality [in terms of] religion, gender, sexuality… Australian values match mine”.  – Pavithra, 13 years old.

 

Meet the Ramirez’s

Where do you originally come from?

The Philippines.

What does becoming Australian citizens mean to you? 

“We’re very happy and excited to become Australian citizens because Australia offers us a better life and we feel safer”.

 

We wish all the families who gained Australian citizenship today a warm welcome and congratulations!

 

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