Wednesday 14 November, 2018

Barbados welcomes new citizens



Some 78 inductees from 17 nations can now stand proud to say they are Barbadians.

They were drawn from the Republic of Guyana, Venezuela, St Lucia, Grenada, Trinidad and Tobago, St Vincent, Canada, Jamaica, Dominica, the United States of America, Northern Ireland, India, Belize, Monserrat, the Philippines, Italy, and England.

All new citizens were asked to either swear the oath or affirm the oath during an official induction ceremony on July 28.

Those who decided to swear the oath swore to God, while affirming the oath does not have any religious context - they were also asked to say the national pledge.             

Addressing the inductees, Chief Immigration Officer Wayne Marshall said:

“Today, you join our society and add your imagination, creativity, innovation, culture, language, experiences and so much more to ours. And the outcome is not only belongingness and citizenship. It’s also strength. You are adding your strength of character and your story of origin to our own, bolstering our Country.”

He also acknowledged their struggles and hardships that were necessary for the day to be possible.

Mr Marshall said he was referring to many “leaving their homeland, saying goodbye to beloved family and dear friends. Traveling to this country. Finding a home, a job. Adjusting to a new culture and a new way of life.”

He said while most of them have lived here for years, and are already Barbadians at heart, it was an honour to witness them as they officially became full-fledged citizens of Barbados.


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