Nepalis were among the top 10 nationalities in 2018-19 to receive Australian citizenship
According to the Australian Department of Home Affairs, 3,294 Nepalis have received Australian citizenship in 2019.
It said that, 127,674 people from at least 200 different countries became Australian citizens in 2018-19 and many more are anticipating to make the citizenship pledge this Australia Day, i.e., January 26, 2020.
Prominent countries among the top 10 nationalities who were granted Australian citizenship in 2018-19 include:
- India – 28,470
- UK – 13,364
- Sri Lankan – 4861
- Pakistan – 3360
- Nepal – 3294
Since the enaction of the Nationality and Citizenship Act 1948 in Australia, more than 5 million people have received Australian citizenship.
After the introduction of the Act, 2,493 citizens from 35 different nations were the first lot of migrants to be conferred with Australian citizenship.
According to the Act, those who aspire to receive Australian citizenship must attend the citizenship ceremony as per the formal invitation received from the Australian Government.
Financial burden, lack of quality education, limited employment opportunities, a high degree of political instability and disrupted socio-economic conditions have led Nepalis to turn to Australia in search of better opportunities.
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