Sunday, April 23, 2017

Australia Plans to Raise More Barriers to Citizenship

The Prime Minister of Australia, Malcolm Turnbull, just announced new citizenship requirements.  This includes stricter requirements for proficiency in English, a test on Australian values, followed by a four year waiting period.  The motivation behind this action is to limit migration into the country.  The Prime Minister holds the mentality that those who should be granted citizenship are those who prove themselves and demonstrate the greatest effort to adapt to the country's values.

I believe in meeting requirements for citizenship and going through a process of proper registration...however, I feel that with immigration systems such as Australia's or the United States', the steps leading to citizenship should be made more efficient and promising for those wanting to become citizens.  The system is corrupt, and many families wait years and years to come into the country.  Steps need to be taken to make the process smoother to ensure timely citizenship for immigrants while also ensuring safety and productivity for the country.

Ally Bockay

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