Taipei, The decennial national population and household census will begin in November, with 16,000 census workers set to visit more than 1.2 million households around Taiwan, the Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS) said Tuesday.
The data collected on regional population distribution, household and family structure, long-term care and childcare services, education, employment, language use and housing conditions will aid policy-making by central and local governments and provide them with a more accurate understanding of the population in Taiwan, said DGBAS Minister Chu Tzer-ming (朱澤民).
About 30 percent of people in Taiwan do not reside at their registered domicile, Chu said, adding that the government wants to track the domicile status of individuals through the census.
Noting that the census information is confidential, Chu stressed that census takers will not disclose any personal information, nor will they ask questions that do not appear on the census or ask about bank accounts.
The census will be conducted from Nov. 8-30, with census forms available to be filled in online from Nov. 1, according to the DGBAS.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel