Govt, armed ethnic groups explore census-taking in insecure places
Eleven Newsmedia, 16 Sep 2013
The Ministry of Immigration and Population is discussing a proposal with armed ethnic groups to take the 2014 census in insecure places, said Minister Khin Yi.
The proposed move was revealed during a briefing on the 2014 nationwide census, held in Yangon on September 15.
“Priority will be given to taking the census in areas where we are seeking ceasefires. We are talking with the KIA, KIO and Palaung armed groups about the census. The RCSS/SSA were also briefed during a meeting in Chiang Mai in Thailand,” said the minister.
The 2014 nationwide census will be conducted over twelve days, from March 30 until April 10. The census is aimed at collecting only the population living inside Myanmar’s borders, regardless of citizenship or non-citizenship, said the minister.
Myanmar began taking a nationwide census in 1891. Until 1941, the census was taken every decade. In the post-World War II period of independence, Myanmar took the nationwide census once in 1973 and again in 1983. The upcoming census will be the first in three decades.