March 2019 | Hakeem al-Araibi receives Australian citizenship: 'No country can follow me now'

Date: 12 March 2019

Source: The Guardian

A few weeks ago, Hakeem al-Araibi had another restless night.

“I didn’t sleep the night [before] the test,” the Bahraini-born footballer and refugee said. “I know all the Australian laws now.”

He needn’t have worried. Al-Araibi passed the final hurdle in his quest to become a naturalised Australian – the citizenship test – with a score of 100%, according to Craig Foster, the former Socceroo who led the public campaign to free Al-Araibi from a Bangkok prison.

On Tuesday, he was among 207 people from 44 countries who took a pledge or affirmation at Federation Square in Melbourne to become an Australian citizen.