Coalition working with U.S. Census Bureau to receive numbers on Iranian-American Community
May 16, 2011, Washington, D.C. – The Iranians Count 2010 Census Coalition (“ICCC”) is continuing its efforts to ensure that Iranian Americans are accurately represented in the United States Census (the “Census”). With the results from the 2010 Census officially tabulated, the ICCC is currently working with the Census staff to obtain specific tabulations for the Iranian-American community, including population and geography.
- Awareness: It could lead to the designation of Iranians as a minority (like Chinese, Hispanics, etc), which helps employment, university admission, and loan qualifications.
- Funding: Iranians could receive funding for community specific work.
- Political Influence: Elected officials target ethnic constituencies to solicit their feedback and votes.
- Public Service: Some local, state and national organizations are required to provide services that address the needs of their community (i.e., Persian speaking nurses).
- Civic Uses: Ethnic organizations depend wholly on ancestry data to identify, locate and mobilize their constituencies; civil rights agencies also require ancestry data to monitor discrimination based on national origin.
- Research Uses: Social scientists, journalists and other researchers rely on census and ACS data to study ethnic population groups, demographic trends, and economic and educational mobility.
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