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Sikhs to be counted as separate ethnic group in US census

Sikhs in the US will be counted as a separate ethnic group in the 2020 census, an organisation of the minority community said on Tuesday, describing it as a milestone. President of the Sikh Society of San Diego Baljeet Singh said that the Sikh community s efforts have come to fruition. This has paved the way forward nationally not only for the Sikh community but also for other ethnicities in the United States, he said. Describing this as a milestone, the United Sikhs said that this will be the first time the minority group will be counted and coded in the decennial US Census. A delegation of the United Sikhs has had several meetings with the US Census in the recent past with the last one being in San Diego on January 6. It s clear that a separate code is needed to ensure an accurate count of Sikhs in the United States, recognising a unique identity, said US Census Deputy Director Ron Jarmin. Working with United Sikhs, we understand how this change affects the national Sikh ...

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