James Brokenshire has joined the Mayor of Bexley in marking ten years of citizenship ceremonies in the Borough. The event was marked by a special event at Hall Place on Friday.
As Minister for Immigration James has responsibility for citizenship policy and underlined the role that ceremonies have in playing the final step in someone becoming a British citizen.
Since the first ceremony in 2004, over 1.5million new citizens have been welcomed at ceremonies such as this one, celebrating the successful integration of individuals originally from abroad, who have chosen to live, work and contribute to life in the UK. In Bexley, 333 people have been made citizens so far this year, each taking part in a citizenship ceremony.
During ceremonies, prospective citizens make a pledge to respect the rights and freedoms of the UK, such as upholding our democratic values and observing our laws.
Commenting following the event, James said:
“Citizenship ceremonies represent a final step towards becoming a British Citizen and give us the opportunity to reflect upon the kind of success stories that properly managed migration can have. They also offer us the chance to celebrate our cultural diversity, both here in Bexley and across the UK and set a positive example for legitimate and sustainable migration and settlement in the United Kingdom.”