Census 2022: Beginning of general census surveys of population and buildings

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Census polls started – the resident gets into an argument with the interviewer

2022 Census

From about mid-May to mid-August, more than 30 million people will be surveyed for the 2022 census

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The 2022 census surveys will be conducted in the next three months. 100,000 interviewers will be deployed to conduct personal surveys. In Pforzin, Bavaria, a dispute broke out between the defendant and the interviewer over the weekend: the man was suspected of fraud.

DrThe 2022 census surveys have begun. From about mid-May to mid-August, more than 30 million people were interviewed in the census. The 2022 census aims to provide the current population and housing figures with the population census and the census of buildings and housing. The statutory deadline for the census is May 15, 2022. This means that all information required is related to this date and therefore comparable.

In contrast to the traditional census, where all citizens are interviewed directly, this so-called household survey includes only a sample survey. The census was originally scheduled for 2021. Due to the Corona pandemic, it was postponed for a year.

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All citizens selected for the survey must provide information. This is required by law under the 2022 Census Act and is essential for the high accuracy and quality of results required.

In addition to population and demographic data, the census also determines the number of apartments and apartment buildings in Germany. To this end, all owners and managers of apartments or apartment buildings are written.

Building and apartment census surveys with around 23 million respondents started a few days ago and are mainly conducted online. Owners or property managers will receive a mail with access data online from the state’s Census Bureau.

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The resident suspects fraud – interviewers must identify themselves

Moreover, just over ten percent of the population, about 10.3 million people, were questioned in a short personal interview. “For these surveys, up to 100,000 volunteer interviewers will be deployed over the next 12 weeks,” says Katja Wilkin, Director of the 2022 Census General Project at the Federal Statistical Office. The interview takes about five to ten minutes and can take place at the front door with little contact.

In order to protect the interviewees from fraud, the interviewees identify themselves without being required to present an official identification to the survey officer in connection with an official photo identification. Only on Saturday did a resident of the Bavarian town of Pforzen evicted a census officer from his property, believing he was a fraud.

Police said a brawl then erupted between the two men. The man who rang the bell was actually a volunteer at the Census Bureau and wanted to schedule an interview with the 54-year-old.

In the last census in 2011, scammers used the survey for criminal activities. The Bureau of Statistics confirmed that survey officials did not appear surprising. An appointment will be mailed.

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The goal of the census is to create a reliable planning basis for political and economic decisions at the federal, state, and local levels. On this basis, the division of electoral districts, the regulation of the distribution of votes in the Bundesrat, or the calculation of the financial equation of the state and the financial equation of the municipalities are carried out.

The census also provides information about the living, education and working life of the residents. Census results are used by policy makers at the federal, state and local levels, but also in the European Union, as an important data base and basis for planning.

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