He 2023 Census progress in Uruguay and they already answered the questions in a 57% of households across the country, according to the technical director of the INE, Diego Aboal, who explained that in these figures both the virtual and the face-to-face modality coexist.
Specifically, since phase 2 began a little over a week ago, the total number of households recorded digitally increased by 0.2% and reached 52%. Meanwhile, after the visit of the census takers, a 5% of the total completed the questionnaires in person, which is equivalent to about 370,000 homes.
Aboal pointed out that there more than 4,000 employees going through the houses to advance with the survey and detailed that “it is in development in rural areas, where there are police officers roaming the country.” He also highlighted that the operations began in settlements and group homes.
The director of the INE also specified that in July it will advance the census of homeless people, in conjunction with the Ministry of Social Development. This stage will include “those who sleep outdoors and those who are in Mides homes,” Aboal clarified. Regarding the persons deprived of liberty, anticipated that the Ministry of Interior will collect the information administratively.
What happens if the census taker goes to a house and there is no one?
On the other hand, Aboal focused on the importance of completing the questionnaire, beyond the fact that a family is not at home when the census taker visits. “It is still possible that we will register digitally”, recalled the hierarch and specified that for this the visit note is key.
“If the census takers do not find anyone, they leave a visit note with a house number. With that, we can move forward”, indicated the director of the INE. It is that, with that number, they will be able to complete the census digitally, which has the highest response rate in all of Latin America in the country.