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Everyone Counts: IRC in Arizona and the US Census

Photo: Danielle Luna, IRC

Everyone counts for the 2020 US Census. The US Census is important for communities across America, but especially important for refugee and immigrant communities. The Census helps determine funds for critical government programs that refugees and the broader community rely on, such as schools, healthcare, and transportation.

Historically, refugees and immigrants have been a “hard to count” community for the US Census. Language and cultural barriers may mean that refugees and immigrants do not know what the Census is, why it is important, or how to complete it. These barriers result in an undercount of refugees and immigrants, reducing their representation in the final Census numbers.

The IRC in Arizona has worked with partner organizations, including the US Census Bureau, the City of Phoenix, ethnic community-based organizations, schools, and local businesses to share and distribute information about the Census with refugees. Over 15,000 translated flyers have been distributed to refugees and immigrants in the Phoenix area, either directly through the IRC or through partners. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the IRC moved Census programming to remote work, including by sharing information and videos on social media. The IRC in Arizona is continuing outreach to refugees and immigrants around the Census. 

Here’s what you can do:

Take the US Census today if you have not done so already. The Census can be taken online in 13 languages. You can also take the Census over the phone

Please share information about the US Census with your network and community. There are many resources available, including: