General population Census of Georgia is starting on November 5. The Session of the Government Coordination Commission of the Population Census of Georgia chaired by the Minister David Shavliashvili was held in the Ministry of Regional Development and Infrastructure, attended by the executive director of the Geostat Meri Daushvili and other members of the Commission. Ongoing and completed activities of the General Population Census were discussed at the meeting. The process of the General Census across the country will last for 15 days and be finished on November 19. 10 thousand enumerators specially trained for this purpose will visit all dwellings on their operating territory across the country and fundamentally survey the number of population and their socio-economic conditions. The census process in the family will continue for 40-60 minutes.
By means of a special questionnaire the enumerators will receive information on the household and its constituent members. It should be noted that the Census, by its scope and content, represents a unique source of information on the soial, economic and demographic conditions of the population. The Census will provide the latest information on the number of the population, their sex and age structure, employment, education, health, livelihood and dwellings.
In Georgia agricultural activity and production is primarily carried out by the household sector; In addition, based on the UN recommendations developed for the 2010 round of censuses, with the purpose of optimal use of financial and human resources, along with social and demographic data, by means of a special questionnaire, the Geostat during the period of the Census (November 5-19) collects information on the agricultural activity of the households as well. The survey will provide data on the structure of land used by the households, livestock and poultry, agricultural equipment in use and other important information at the level of municipalities, territorial units and villages.
According to the Article 28 of “The Law of Georgia On Official Statistics” the individual data obtained from the census are confidential and are not subject to disclosure. Individual data on the respondent are stored in accordance with the rule prescribed by the acting legislation of Georgia. All citizens of Georgia as well as all foreign nationals and the persons without citizenship residing on the territory of Georgia are required to be censused.
Due to possible deterioration of weather in November the census was conducted in the mountainous settlements of Mestia, Kazbegi, Dusheti (Gudamakari, Kvesheti, Khevsureti, Ukanapshavi, Shatili, Magaroskari communities) and Akhmeta (Omalo community) during September 15-29, 2014.
Initial data of the Population Census will be published in April 2015, and the final results – in April 2016.