Tuesday, March 5, 2024

Brisbane eyes citizenship record

Two super-sized citizenship ceremonies – believed to be the biggest-ever staged in Australia – will be held in Brisbane this week.

Lord Mayor, Adrian Schrinner said 5,200 new citizens will be sworn in over two nights on Tuesday and Wednesday to help address the backlog of people waiting following the COVID-19 pandemic.

“During the pandemic, Brisbane was the place where other Australians wanted to be with huge numbers of people from other states moving north,” the Lord Mayor said.

“There are now thousands of people from across the world who want to become Australian citizens and call Brisbane home which is fantastic.

“Brisbane is Australia’s greenest city with friendly residents, an incredible and affordable lifestyle and a strong local economy. We’re now also a future host of the Olympic and Paralympic Games

“So it’s no surprise that people from across Australia and around the world want to come here with their families and call Brisbane home.”

The super-sized citizenship ceremonies involve:

  • 600 new citizens being sworn in on Monday 15 August 2022 at Brisbane City Hall – 600 new citizens – doors open 6pm for 7.45pm ceremony;
  • 2600 new citizens being sworn in on Tuesday 16 August 2022 at Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre – doors open 6pm for 7.45pm ceremony;
  • Another 2600 citizens being sworn in on Wednesday 17 August 2022 at Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre – doors open 6pm for 7.45pm ceremony.

“Over three days, more than 5,800 new citizens from 130 countries will receive their citizenship at ceremonies in City Hall and the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre,” Lord Mayor Schrinner said.

“For many, this is the final step in their journey to becoming an Australian and it’s such a privilege for these new citizens to choose Brisbane as their place to live, work or raise a family.

“As presiding officer, being able to officially welcome new citizens into our Australian family is one of the most rewarding parts of my role as Lord Mayor.”

Over the three days of ceremonies, the top three countries of origin for new citizens are India (879), the United Kingdom (487) and the Philippines (270).

By the end of 2022, more than 11,000 new citizens will have been officially sworn in as Australians in Brisbane.

Top 10 countries of origin for Brisbane’s three days of citizenship ceremonies:

  1. India – 879
  2. United Kingdom – 487
  3. Philippines – 270
  4. Vietnam – 244
  5. China – 220
  6. South Africa – 201
  7. Iran – 201
  8. New Zealand – 187
  9. Taiwan – 174
  10. Brazil – 140.

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