YORK, Pa. (WHTM) — People from around the world became naturalized U.S. citizens in York County on Thursday, March 24.

Those 20 people came from 11 different countries. They took their oath at a ceremony on Thursday morning in the Ceremonial Courtroom which is located in the York Administrative Building.

The naturalization ceremony is an observance to recognize the rights, responsibilities, and importance of citizenship. It is also considered the culmination of years of working towards American citizenship

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Among them is a man who moved here from Russia five years ago.

“It’s a blessing that I got out of that situation, you know? But it’s sad that obviously. I have a lot of relatives of their friends that in that they have to struggle.” Bayram Mukhlisov said. “Hopefully, all this ends and we’re going to live in peace.”

Mukhlisov said he looks forward to continuing to run the social media business he has started here.