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Argentina: 2010 Census - Successful or not?
Afro-Argentinian reaction to latest census exercise.
For the first time since 1895 the Argentina national census of 2010 took measures to include a count of people of African descent. In October the many thousands of census-workers who fanned out across every province were supposed to collect data on the number of people in the country including those who self-identify as Indigenous people and African descendant.
Afro-Argentinians welcomed the initiative, regarding it as chance to end over a century of statistical invisibility of their population group. However by the end of the exercise they had become concerned that the census did not meet its stated objectives.
Together with Indigenous Argentinians they argued that the census process had not fully counted their populations and that there were problems with the procedures and the personnel that were deployed. This they explained will produce another inaccurate overall demographic profile, maintain their marginalized status within Argentine society and make it hard to achieve Millenium Development Goals.
The video clip which contains post-census reactions of some community activists, was produced in January 2011 by participants in a MRG Minority Voices communications workshop in Buenos Aires.