First National Survey of Immigrants in 2012

At a cost of US $ 1.4 million

The National Statistics Office (ONE) will conduct the First National Survey of Immigrants to tally the foreigners in the country, mostly Haitian, at a cost of US $1.4 million.

National Statistics Office, a dependency of the Ministry of Economy, Planning and Development, will conduct the survey with European Union funding and technical support from the United Nations Population Fund.

Economy Minister Temistocles Montas, European Union ambassador Irene Horejs, UNPF representative Sonia Vasquez and consultant Alicia Maguid were all present when the announcement was made at the Presidential Palace yesterday.

Montas said the tally aims to establish numbers for the undocumented or non-resident population, to characterize its main socio-demographic attributes and estimate their economic contribution, especially of the Haitians, which for being a majority, has an extremely wide estimation range, making current data unreliable when it comes to decision-making.

Pablo Tactuk, ONE director, who made the announcement in the National Palace together with Economy minister Temístocles Montas, said the survey will be conducted in June with European Union financing and the United Nations Population Fund.

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