Almost 25% of households have already responded to the Digital Census

Wednesday, May 11, 2022 | 10:00 p.m.

Almost one in four households in Argentina has already completed the digital questionnaire of the 2022 National Census and participation has doubled in recent days at a current rate of 310,000 daily, the National Institute of Statistics and Census (Indec) reported Wednesday to a week of May 18 when census takers will visit homes across the country to conduct face-to-face interviews.

Some 4,366,427 homes in which around 12,195,800 people live have already responded virtually to the Census, which for the first time in history has a mixed modality that combines a digital and a territorial instance.

Until Wednesday, May 18 at 8, all the inhabitants of Argentina will be able to self-census themselves on the official site www.censo.gob.ar, which will save time for both the population and the census takers.

The provinces of La Pampa, Mendoza, Tierra del Fuego, and the City of Buenos Aires are already close to 35% complete in their districts, while Entre Ríos, Corrientes, and Santiago del Estero have around 30% of their homes registered in the census. digital, informed Télam this noon from the Indec.

In the body led by Marco Lavagna, they explained that last week the Digital Census had 140,000 completed questionnaires per day, while since last Sunday that average is around 310,000 daily homes.

“Thanks to the population’s impressive interest in this innovative digital tool, not only are we going to obtain quality data, but we are also going to achieve a significant reduction in operating times and in the workload for census takers on Wednesday, May 18” , assured Télam Lavagna.

This first digital stage will be completed with the traditional face-to-face tour on May 18, a national holiday, when census takers will visit more than 15 million homes and collect information from some 46 million people throughout the country, according to the INDEC estimates.

How to complete the digital form

People who chose the digital modality must wait for their census taker on May 18 to show or dictate the receipt of six alphanumeric characters that they received in their email to finish the registration, while those who did not, must answer the questions in person.

The online questionnaire must be answered by one person on behalf of all the inhabitants of the dwelling, so it is recommended to “gather the entire family” when completing the data in order to meet the objective of “counting, without omitting or duplicate, each and every one of the people”, explained the body in charge of organizing the Census.

In case of making a mistake with any information or forgetting to list a member of the household once the digital questionnaire has already been sent, the completion code must not be delivered on May 18 and, instead, the interview must be repeated. face-to-face, so this last form will be taken into account.

In this edition, which was postponed for two years due to the coronavirus pandemic, the form is made up of 61 questions, 24 related to the characteristics of dwellings and households, and 37 on the structure of the population.

Focusing on the recognition of the diversity of the Argentine population, a question on the self-perception of gender identity was incorporated and the scope of the query on ethnic self-recognition (indigenous peoples and Afro-descendants) was extended to the entire population.

special operations

On the day of the Census, more than 600,000 people will participate, including urban and rural census takers, national and provincial coordinators and other positions that make up the census structure, who were trained through a virtual campus developed entirely by INDEC.

In addition to the survey in private homes, three other special operations will be carried out to account for the entire population of the country.

Last Monday, the 2022 Census began in person in collective housing and in rural areas, with a survey prior to Wednesday, May 18.

All people who reside and sleep in collective housing four days or more a week under an institutional (non-family) regime will be counted, such as: camps or workshops, boarding schools, barracks, homes for the elderly, geriatrics, homes for children and adolescents, religious homes, health establishments, hospitals, tourist hotels, shelters or inns, and prisons.

As for the rural operation, homes, posts, ranches and all those places where people outside urban areas usually live will be surveyed, and each segment will be covered by a census taker who, when necessary, will have the support of the Gendarmerie and Prefecture to guarantee access to the entire territory.

Finally, the census for homeless people will be carried out between the night of Monday, May 16, and the early hours of Tuesday, May 17.

In all operations, census takers will wear a bib with the image of the 2022 Census and the telephone number of the help desk (0800-345-2022), in addition to a credential with their personal data (name, surname and DNI).

Indec authorities consider that the new virtual modality will allow this edition of the census to be “faster and more accessible”.

In fact, it is expected that the same night of the Census Day or in the following hours it will be known how many are the inhabitants of the country and the total number of dwellings.

Meanwhile, the first definitive data will be known eight months after May 18, and the final extended data, 13 months later.

To answer questions about the census, the free line 0800-345-2022 was enabled, which is available from Monday to Friday from 6 a.m. to 12 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Assistance can also be requested through email [email protected].

Source: Telam

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