Miscounting Marginalized Communities- The Importance of Census Counting within Sanctuary Cities

Authors: Samantha Sanchez*, Syracuse University
Topics: Immigration/Transnationalism, Political Geography, Qualitative Research
Keywords: census, refugees, immigrants, sanctuary cities
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/6/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM
Room: Lincoln 2, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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The current polarized political environment actively targets marginalized communities, which has negatively affected census participation and accuracy. Traditionally, there has always been hard-to-count (HTC) populations such as renters, low-income households, immigrants, and other marginalized communities, and Syracuse is a known sanctuary city that welcomed 10,000 refugees in the past 10 years. To encourage participation and reduce the likelihood of undercounting, Syracuse Community Geography (SCG) is creating workshops to engage with marginalized communities by addressing the myths of the census in local community centers. Some of the issues addressed include the role of the Census, data privacy, and the importance of accurate counts. In this poster, I examine the landscape of HTC populations in Syracuse and historical participation trends as part of a larger Census outreach effort currently underway. Although marginalized communities tend to mistrust the government, we believe that it is crucial that they understand the unintended consequences of their actions such as resource allocation limitation.

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