Census Bureau leadership was conducted as a part of an on-going series of meetings since 2010 asking for the Sikhs to be recognized as a separate ethnic group. United States 2020 Census will include coding for Sikhs, which means that Sikh Americans will be counted as a separate ethnic group. This announcement is a milestone for America’s Sikh Community, as this will be the first time the minority group will be counted and coded in the decennial U.S. Census that is conducted every 10 years.
“The Sikh community’s efforts have come to fruition. This has paved the way forward nationally not only for the Sikh community but also for other ethnicity in the United States”, said Baljeet Singh, President of Sikh Society of San Diego. “This historic announcement is the result of decades of advocacy by UNITED SIKHS at the national level on behalf of the Sikh community. Being involved in this civic engagement will help ensure in having an accurate count of Sikhs in the United States. This data tracks and combats hate crimes against the community. It also ensures equal and accurate representation that provides access to members of Congress and other essential government services,” said Jasmit Singh, Advocacy Director, UNITED SIKHS.
“It’s clear that a separate code is needed to ensure an accurate count of Sikhs in the United States, recognizing a unique identity,” said U.S. Census Deputy Director Ron Jarmin. “Working with UNITED SIKHS, we understand how this change affects the national Sikh community, leading us to add this code for the 2020 Census.” Shagufta Ahmed with the Census Bureau and Office of Management Budget.
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