In addition to counting the proportion of births, marriage and marital status, this process will include for the first time new areas that were not considered in previous statistics, such as the health status of the population and their relationship to the environment.
In 2018, the Algerian Statistics Office expected the population to exceed 51.3 million by 2030. Statistics and economists believe that the 2022 census will reveal that Algeria has exceeded this number of population this year.
5 years of preparation
According to the statistics delegate in Jijel Governorate, Nasser Kandouzi, the preparation for this big date officially began in 2018, through several stages, including the cartographic update and review of the results of the 2008 census, passing through the two stages of statistical mapping and division of the provinces, up to the last stage, which is related to filling out the results of the census in the booklet. counties.
Kandouzi told Sky News Arabia: “The authorities are very interested in knowing the simplest details related to the population in Algeria, and all possibilities have been harnessed to make the operation a success to set a modern and integrated population map.”
This is the first time that digital boards will be used, which will be carried by about 61,000 statistics workers, during their visit to the largest possible number of homes.
Obstacles affecting results
However, this process, which is trying to cover the largest country in terms of area in Africa and the Arab world (Algeria has an area of 2.3 million square kilometers), is surrounded by many challenges and difficulties, according to statistic experts.
In this regard, Sofiane Maloufi, an expert in the field of statistics and owner of the Media Andy Sarfati Foundation, explained that “the delay of a full ten years in order to re-conduct the census complicates the tasks of the agents, and will affect one way or another on the recorded results.”
Malofi told Sky News Arabia: “This classic method of population census does not achieve accurate results, and there are many slums and remote areas, especially mountainous areas that are difficult to reach, and they are the most areas that must be covered by the census.”
The owner of the “Media Andy Surfay” Foundation, who used to carry out statistical operations at the national level to find out the political and cultural trends of Algerian public opinion, explained that the culture of answering private questions “is still absent among a large segment of society.”
Malofi said: “Such operations require tribal awareness and the selection of honest agents to carry out a complex and difficult task in a relatively short period of time compared to the population of Algeria.”
According to the latest statistics issued by the National Source of Statistics for the year 2021, the population of Algeria is currently 44 million, making it the second Arab country in terms of population after Egypt and the ninth in Africa.
The local authorities have launched many awareness campaigns, including mosques, schools, local media, as well as dignitaries and dignitaries in the interior regions, who have credibility to urge the simple citizens to participate and help the census agents in their task and answer all questions without reservation.
The date of the first population census carried out by Algeria dates back to 1966, when the population was estimated at 12 million people, at a rate of 25 inhabitants per square kilometer.
An important process for the economy
The Algerian economic expert, Fares Masdour, stresses that the population census is very important for economic planning to achieve sustainable development, and to control the state’s general budget.
Masdour told Sky News Arabia: “The public treasury suffers huge losses every year due to the absence of accurate statistical information for the population, which is what prompts the government to resort to preparing a supplementary budget law before the end of the year.”
The economist believes that “most of the announced information, whether with regard to the unemployment rate and population density in rural areas, and the social situation in what is known as the shadow areas, was not accurate.”
He pointed out that this statistical process “will surprise us with new results that push the authority to review many matters, especially with regard to public financial policy, local development programs and project distribution.”
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