Like most international locations, France produces common census studies that present who lives within the nation and how they’re dwelling. This information is then used to tell all kinds of issues from authorities coverage to historic data.

1. Who will get counted?

Anyone who has been dwelling in France for one 12 months or extra can be counted – together with foreigners. You need not be a citizen or have a carte de séjour to be counted, in the event you’re within the nation and have been for 12 months or extra you depend.

So the info contains migrants, college students and non permanent staff. People who have been within the nation for lower than 12 months may also be counted if they’ve a transparent intention to remain – for instance if they’re enrolled on a two-12 months research programme or if they’ve a everlasting contract of employment.

Valérie Roux, head of the demography division on the National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies (INSEE) which collects the census information advised BFMTV: “The total time spent on the territory and the projected time must be at least one year.”

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2. When does it occur?

The information amassing is completed between January and March, however the precise date will depend on the place you reside and the dimensions of the group you reside in.

Smaller communities have the entire inhabitants counted, however on a rolling programme over 5 years, bigger locations get a depend yearly, however solely eight % of the inhabitants is surveyed.

So in the event you stay in a commune of greater than 10,000 individuals you can be one of many surveyed eight % this 12 months. If you reside in a smaller place you may not be surveyed in 2020 – click on right here to seek out out when the following depend is in your space.

This 12 months 7,000 communities with lower than 10,000 inhabitants will be counted and in mainland France the counts happen between January 16th and February 15th.

In communes with greater than 10,000 inhabitants, the depend takes place between January 16th to February 22nd.

3. How is the counting carried out?

In excellent news for these apprehensive that their French may not be as much as an in depth interview, the depend is completed by filling in a questionnaire.

The 24,000 enumerators go door to door to the households chosen for counting and hand out login particulars for the net model of the questionnaire. About 60 % of individuals select to fill within the questionnaire on-line, however in the event you choose the enumerators may also hand out paper variations of the questionnaire.

Taking half is a authorized obligation so it’s essential to do it if chosen. According to INSEE, about 96 % of individuals chosen fill within the questionnaire totally.

4. What do they ask?

There are two components to the questionnaire – one half about the place you reside and one half about you.

The half about your own home will ask questions like the dimensions, variety of rooms, 12 months of building, whereas the opposite half asks about 30 questions together with your age, native land, marital standing, skilled standing and what strategies of transport you utilize. They will not ask about your faith or ethnicity.

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5. What occurs to the info?

Only INSEE can see the uncooked information, which can’t be handed on to governments or tax authorities with out first being throroughly anonymised. Historic census information is launched after 100 years, so when you have French ancestors you may learn up about their lives by way of their census data.

Although the counting is completed yearly, the census itself is simply launched each 5 years.

French vocab

Le recensement – the census

Recenser – to depend

Les brokers recenseurs – enumerators (ie the individuals who truly go door to door handing out the questionnaires)

Feuille de logement – the a part of the questionnaire regarding your own home

Bulletin individuel – the half with the person questions

Lieu de naissance – native land

Situation conjugale – marital standing

Niveau de diplôme – schooling degree

Activité professionnelle –  skilled standing

Moyens de transports utilisés – strategies of transport used



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