Population census starts in remote and hard-to-reach Yakut areas
During the month of April 2021, a population census is taking place in 15 districts of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), including 12 Arctic ones. The works will be carried out in the remote and hard-to-reach areas for the whole month. In the Allaikhovsky, Anabarsky, Bulunsky, Zhigansky, Momsky, Srednekolymsky, Nizhnekolymsky and Ust-Yansky districts the census will record the entire population.
The census will cover the population of just a few communities in the Abyisky, Amginsky, Verkhnevilyuisky, Verkhekolymsky, Gorny, Eveno-Bytantaisky and Olenyoksky districts. The population of district centers will be registered in the fall.
“The April census is dealing with 46,000 people. Census-takers are going around door to door with the usual printed out questionnaires,” the press service of the Republic’s Government noted.
According to the 2010 nationwide population census, the Russian Arctic’s population dwindled by 8.3 percent, the press service added.
“The nationwide population census will provide updates on the changing Arctic population, local residents’ living conditions, sources of income, quality of education, ethnic affiliation, the size of the population and economic activities. By answering a whole lot of questions, it will help adopt new decisions and draft programs for supporting and developing the Arctic territories,” the press release said.
The main part of the population census is expected to be carried out from August 23 to September 30, 2021.