Myanmar Census 2015

2015 Myanmar Census

This census in 2015 was the third in the history of the independent census. Posted online: 28 Apr 2015. The 2014 census tells us about migration. The first Myanmar census in over 30 years: Expected availability: Thomas Spoorenberg, November 18, 2015.

Census of Myanmar published, but Rohingya group not acknowledged

The majority of Myanmar's 1.1 million Rohingya are Stateless and living under apartheid-like living standards in the state of Rakhine. After a recent crack-down in Thailand, tens of thousand immigrants, many of them Rohingya, are floating on ships left by human traders. The Myanmar government said it could not be blamed. At the end of the rendezvous, Myanmar's Ministry of Information reported that its Marine had caught a 727 migrant vessel on board and took them to a station on an islet off the south shore to establish their identities.

Myanmar's administration had told multinational donors that the Rohingya could be identified as such in the census carried out in March-April 2014, but withdrew the previous morning and said that the use of the word was not inadmissible. "A significant proportion of the North Rakhine state population was omitted in the midst of continuing community tension and the demands of many locals to become identified as Rohingya, a request that was not accepted by the authorities," said Vijay Nambiar, Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General for Myanmar.

Surprisingly, the most surprising provisional results of the August census showed that Myanmar's total was 51.4 million, about 9 million fewer than previously estimated. This was largely reaffirmed by the full survey with 51.5 million. The two figures contain an estimation of the Rohingya people on the basis of pre-census maps in the state of Rakhine, UNFPA said.

Census results showed adult alphabetization of almost 90 per cent. Information from other wells shows severe pauperism in the countryside. In Myanmar, only one third of homes have electricity, the child death ratio is 62 per 100,000 Live Babies and, according to the World Bank, it is 66.8 years old in comparison to the 74 years in neighbouring Thailand.

Population census information on race and religious belief and employment and mother death rates will be published next year after the November parliamentary elections.

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