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Immigrants and Refugees must be counted in the 2010 Census!

The Seattle Immigrant and Refugee Advisory Board urges participation in filling out the 2010 Census forms to ensure all communities are counted.  Immigrants and refugees are considered  “Hard to Count (HTC) communities” that historical estimates from every decennial reveal as undercounted for various reasons including linguistic barriers, distrust in government or shifting migration patterns.  Accurate data collection of immigrants and refugees is critical to informing decisions around public policy and the allocation of resources to our communities.  More than $400 million will be distributed to state, local, and tribal governments, but each non-participating individual will lower the amount awarded to their given area. The Census is completely confidential, and participation is simple and easy – just fill out the 10 minute survey when it arrives in March, and assure your community the funding that it deserves.