Posted February 15, 2015 by NAAP    

MENA Category to Be Tested For Inclusion in 2020 Census

Thousands of Positive Letters Sent to the Census Bureau with the Help of NAAP

(NEW YORK, 2/16/2015) -- The Network of Arab-American Professional (NAAP), the premier Arab-American network with 10 chapters & thousands of members across the nation, is thrilled to announce that the U.S. Census Bureau received more than the required 5,000 positive comments in support of the Middle East North Africa (MENA) classification.

More than 4,000 letters were contributed in the community effort, led by the National Network of Arab American Communities (NNAAC) and supported by NAAP, to exceed the 5,000 goal for possible inclusion in the 2020 Census.

The Census Bureau needed to receive 5,000 positive comments, before the public comment period ended on Feb. 1, in order to continue with its plans to test the category for possible inclusion in the 2020 Census.

"This is a step in the right direction because no community should be invisible," said NAAP President Sarab Al-Jijakli. "Inclusion in the 2020 Census will have a positive impact on services available to the undercounted Arab-American community in terms of representation, education, health, and employment."

SEE: The U.S. Census Is Trying To Get A More Accurate Count of Arab Americans (FiveThirtyEight)

The MENA category will now be tested for possible official inclusion in the 2020 U.S. Census, which will give Arab-Americans their own category.


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