16 September 2009

Australian immigration celebrated with Australian Citizenship Day

Australian immigration will be celebrated tomorrow with more than 4500 people from 120 countries becoming Australian citizens.

Australian citizenship

Australian immigration will be celebrated with Australian citizenship ceremonies across the country tomorrow.

Tomorrow is Australian Citizenship Day, an annual event given even more significance this year as 2009 marks the 60th anniversary of Australian citizenship.  

The Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Senator Chris Evans, said the day was an important opportunity for all Australians to consider the meaning of being a citizen.

"It is an opportunity for all Australians, whether citizens by birth or by choice, to understand the role Australian citizenship plays in building a strong, harmonious and unified nation.

"Citizenship represents a commitment to Australia and its people, the values we share and our common future. It also symbolises our sense of belonging to the country where we have been born or have decided to make our home," he said.

Australia is a nation formed by immigration. People emigrating to Australia in the past have been a source of cultural and economic enrichment, building the multi-cultural country that Australia is today.

Citizenship ceremonies will be staged tomorrow around Australia.

 The Australian Visa Bureau is an independent consulting company specialising in helping people with their Australia visa applications.

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