Covid-19 causes thousands of Australian citizenship ceremonies to be cancelled

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Covid-19 causes thousands of Australian citizenship ceremonies to be cancelled

Tens of thousands are facing an indefinite wait to become Australian citizens after ceremonies across the country were cancelled due to the severe restrictions in place to counter the spread of covid-19.  In the financial year 2018-19, 127,674 people became Australian citizens - the equivalent of 2,500 each week. There are now concerns that a major backlog is building.  On 29 February the department of home affairs in Canberra recorded more than 120,000 applications pending, with more t...

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Christopher Copper-Ind

Christopher Copper-Ind is editor-in-chief of International Investment. Before this, he was editorial director of The Business Year, from 2014 to 2017.