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Foreigners to play census role

SOME foreigners and people from Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan staying in the city for more than six months will be included in the nation's sixth census, which starts November 1.

The Anting Town in Jiading District will be the first to do the census as a pilot in the city, starting June 30, Shanghai Statistics Bureau officials said yesterday.

A total of 100,000 people will be covered by the census, randomly selected through communities.

Trained census workers will visit people's homes to collect information on residents' age, nationality, family members and population migration.

The census will research the situation of people not living at the address on their residence registration notebook. This means that people should give their address of residence registration as well as their current residence.

Ten percent of the census recipients will be asked to fill out a more detailed form including information on housing, marriage, levels of education, income and social security.

"We will do pre-research on all the selected communities, and those with expatriate residents will have bilingual census workers in service," said Yan Jun, a bureau official. "The form also has an English version to convenience expatriate people."

Officials ensured local residents that all information collected through the census will be destroyed afterwards to protect people's privacy.

"Information won't be passed to other government bodies to use as evidence to penalize people having children breaking the family planning laws or as credit information for people's real estate purchases or bank mortgage applications," Yan said.

Officials said it is every person's duty to submit to the census, so they want everyone's understanding and cooperation.

The authorities have been informing communities being covered by the census. Local residents can consult notices in their communities whether they are included into the census, officials said.


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