Nine Saint Lucians have pledged allegiance to Barbados and its flag, as they took the oath to become citizens of that country.
According to a report in Barbados Today, the Saint Lucians were among 110 immigrants taking the oath.
The new citizens hailed from 14 countries.
The vast majority of those inducted during a ceremony at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre hailed from the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).
In addition to the nine Saint Lucians, 48 came from Guyana, 14 from St Vincent and the Grenadines, ten from Jamaica and nine from Trinidad and Tobago.
The others were from Brazil, Dominica, Canada, Ghana, Ireland, Lebanon, Nigeria and the United States.
The ceremony came as Barbados approaches the climax of its 50th anniversary celebrations, and Chief Immigration Officer Wayne Marshall described the new Barbadians as a gift to the country, Barbados Today reported.
According to the publication, over the past five years more than 4,500 applications for citizenship have been approved, including approximately 3,000 from CARICOM member states.
Minister with responsibility for Immigration Senator Darcy Boyce urged the new citizens to embrace all things Barbadian, including the “quarrelling”, but to do it “for the well-being of this nation of ours”.
He added that the integration of various cultures into the Barbadian landscape had helped build a “very rich” heritage.