BHAGI Baalisampang and Bhadri Kempacha waited two decades in a Nepalese refugee camp to come to Australia.
The couple fled their home country Bhutan in 1990 and settled in the camp where they raised two daughters Rina, 13, and Rista, 8.
They were selected to come to Australia in 2009 and Launceston has been their home ever since. "We left Bhutan because of the violence between the public and the government," Mr Baalisampang said.
"We wanted democracy and human rights, so to survive, we had to leave our country. I like it here. I like the climate and its people."
Launceston officially welcomed another 52 new citizens yesterday.
Conferees came from, Bhutan, Burma, Philippines, South Africa, Thailand, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Brazil, China, Sudan, Ethiopia, Canada, France, Iran, Nigeria, Spain, Zimbabwe, Iraq and Sri Lanka. About 250 city residents have been officially made citizens this year.
Launceston Mayor Albert van Zetten said the city had a rich cultural fabric and the newly appointed citizens would add to its diversity.
"Our nation gives all Australians the opportunity to live and grow in a fair and open society and to share in the common good," Alderman van Zetten said.
"In return, we owe Australia our duty as good neighbours and good citizens."