Refugee footballer Hakeem Al-Araibi ‘very close’ to becoming an Australian citizen

Hakeem Al-Araibi has been told by the Australian government he is to become an Australian citizen very soon.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison assured Hakeem days after his Thailand prison release after a wrong- issued Interpol red notice had meant a 2 month stay in a Thai jail for the former footballer, that Autrailan citizenshop would happen quickly.

We are so pleased you are here now and that you can come and live your life here in Australia.”

Mr Morrison told the 25-year-old he hoped to see him at an Australian citizenship ceremony soon.

“I don’t think it’s too far away,” he said. 

Foreign Minister Marise Payne also told Mr Al-Araibi that he and his wife would be Australians “very soon”.