UPDATED 7:58 AM PT — Tuesday, May 5, 2020
Michigan officials are encouraging Arab Americans to fill out the 2020 census. According to the Associated Press Monday, officials and non-profit groups are pushing for Arab-Americans, who are often underrepresented in the census, to fill out the forms.
The state has a large Arab American population and officials have said it’s highly important for them to fill out the census in order for the federal government to be able to provide enough aid to the state.
“Whatever federal funding comes into Michigan to help rebuild after is going to be based on census count of the population in Michigan and so, that includes the Arab American community,” said Rima Meroueh, Advocacy & Community Engagement Manager for ACCESS (Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services).
As the entire world continues to live through this pandemic it is important to remember that the completing the census allows the city to receive federal funding that benefits each and every one of us, make sure to complete the Census. pic.twitter.com/KheiwgtDvZ
— One Michigan (@onemichigan) May 3, 2020
Experts have said Arab-Americans often check the boxes of people who typically have a hard time filling out the census, including living in large families, not being native English speakers and living in poverty.