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Celebrating Australian Citizenship History with a Modern Twist

Celebrating Australian Citizenship History with a Modern Twist
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The Department of Immigration and Border Protection this week launched a yearlong social media campaign to kick of the 65th anniversary of Australian citizenship, highlighting the unique stories of those who have recently become Australians. More than 4.5 million people have become Australian citizens over the past 65 years, with a record 17 863 people set to officially become Aussies on Australia Day.

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection this week launched a yearlong social media campaign to kick of the 65th anniversary of Australian citizenship, highlighting the unique stories of those who have recently become Australians.

More than 4.5 million people have become Australian citizens over the past 65 years, with a record 17 863 people set to officially become Aussies on Australia Day.

A spokesman for the Department of Immigration and Border Protection said the social media campaign would both share journeys of those who have adopted Australia in the past 65 years and focus on those taking the final step in their migrant journey.

“Throughout the year the department will publish a web series The Pledge, which will provide an insight into the citizenship journeys of Australians from different walks of life,” the spokesmen said.

“In addition, we are encouraging new citizens to share their citizenship story on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, using the #AusPledge hashtag, which will map our new citizens around the country throughout the year.”

The first story of The Pledge series launched today on the department’s immiTV YouTube channel. It features former Spanish celebrity chef, Miguel Maestre, who became an Australian citizen in October 2013.

In the story, Mr Maestre said he struck up a romance with Australia after sparks flew at an Edinburgh restaurant with an Aussie waitress – his now wife.

“I believe when you are a citizen, it’s just that little last step, that click – everything just clicks and you’re so proud and happy to just be a part of what is our amazing beautiful country Australia,” Mr Maestre said.

The public can also add a message, photo or video to an e-card marking the 65th anniversary. This will act as a hub for members of the public to contribute to the 65th anniversary in their own way, including uploading past photos of their citizenship ceremony or of a family member’s experiences.

“We encouraged all social media users to watch The Pledge and engage with stories of citizenship on the #AusPledge hashtag,” the spokesman said.

“Australia is a patchwork of cultures and stories – this campaign aims to showcase the variety of journeys Australia’s citizens have experienced, and I encourage everyone to get involved and tell their story” the spokesman said.

To add a message, photo or video to the 65th anniversary e-card visit www.citizenship.gov.au/events/65_anniversary/

To view The Pledge web series, visit the department’s immiTV YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/immiTV

Follow the #AusPledge hashtag on Facebook at facebook.com/DIBPAustralia Twitter at @DIBPAustralia , and Instagram at Instagram.com/DIBPAustralia