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2020 sees more Pakistanis become part of the Australian diaspora

Pakistanis celebrate Australia Day in Melbourne on 26th January. Source: SBS/Aaron Wan

More than 800 Pakistanis were invited to become Australian citizens on 26th January. Several thousand people mark this Australia Day by becoming Australian citizens – the largest ever number to make the pledge on Australia Day.

Australia is one of the primary destinations in the world where Pakistanis are moving to study, live and call it home.

Pakistanis were in the seventh place in terms of the nationalities that were invited this year on Australia Day to become citizens.

Acting Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs Alan Tudge says that citizenship is a chance for new migrants to make a pledge to uphold our laws and values and contribute to our cohesive, open and inclusive society.

“A citizenship ceremony is an important event in every new citizens’ life and being able to attend one on Australia Day adds extra significance.”

More than 106,000 people have been welcomed as new Australian citizens in the last six months. Between 1 July and 31 December 2019, 106,704 people were conferred with Australian citizenship, up from 48,983 in the same period in 2018.

Pakistanis celebrate Australia Day in Melbourne.
Pakistanis celebrate Australia Day in Melbourne.
SBS/Aaron Wan

According the Department of Home Affairs, 847 Pakistanis were to attend the citizenship ceremony in Australia.
According the Department of Home Affairs, 847 Pakistanis were to attend the citizenship ceremony in Australia.
Department of Home Affairs

The number of Pakistani-born Australians has also doubled in recent times. In terms of population growth, the second-fastest increase between 2006 and 2016 was in the number of persons born in Pakistan.

“This is the first time we are requiring councils to hold citizenship ceremonies on Australia Day,” Mr Tudge said.

“We want them to do the right thing as it is the most popular day for new migrants to become an Aussie. This is the day that all of us can celebrate, whether born here or only just becoming a citizen.”

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