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Vietnam collects information of foreigners in census for 1st time

Vietnam collects information of foreigners in census for 1st time

Monday, April 01, 2024, 16:00 GMT+7
Vietnam collects information of foreigners in census for 1st time
A foreigner works in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Ngoc Hien / Tuoi Tre

Vietnam's mid-term population census, which began on Monday, is breaking new ground by collecting information about foreign residents living in Vietnamese households for the first time, according to the country's central statistics agency.

The gathering of such information about foreign residents will be included in the national population and housing census scheduled for April 1 to 30, the General Statistics Office of Vietnam (GSO) said at the launch ceremony in Hanoi on the same day.

The census is a massive undertaking, spanning all 63 provinces and cities across Vietnam, said Nguyen Thi Huong, GSO general director.

It aims to gather data on everything from the number of people actually living in households to the types of dwellings they occupy.

This includes everyone, from military personnel to foreign residents living in Vietnam.

The mid-term census concentrates on gathering demographic details of household members, migration patterns, educational attainment, marital status, childbirth history for women aged 10 to 49, mortality rates, residential information, and living conditions of households.

A household, as explained by the GSO, can consist of one person who lives alone or a group of people who live together.

Nguyen Thi Huong, general director of the General Statistics Office of Vietnam, speaks at the ceremony to launch the 2024 mid-term population and housing census in Hanoi on April 1, 2024. Photo: Ha Quan / Tuoi Tre

Nguyen Thi Huong, general director of the General Statistics Office of Vietnam, speaks at the ceremony to launch the 2024 mid-term population and housing census in Hanoi on April 1, 2024. Photo: Ha Quan / Tuoi Tre

For households with two or more people, household members may or may not be related by blood, marriage, or adoption, and may or may not have a common income and expenditure budget.

The census results will help assess the social and economic performances in the 2021-25 period, forming a basis for outlining housing and population policies and preparing socio-economic development plans for the following five years.

The inquiry also serves to monitor the implementation of the United Nations' sustainable development goals, to which Vietnam has made commitments.

All data on the population and housing census will be kept confidential according to the provisions of the Law on Statistics and other related legal documents, according to the GSO.

All details will be used for statistical purposes only and are not related to issues of permanent residence, temporary residence, or tax collection.

The results of the mid-term census will be announced between November and December this year.

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