U.S. Census Undercounts MENA Population

Posted by on June 06, 2014 in Blog
By Nadeem Istfan Summer Intern, 2014 The most recent American Community Survey administered by the U.S. Census Bureau, a detailed survey distributed to 3 million American families, estimated that the Arab population numbers 1,688,980 people (with an 18,849 margin of error). Due to flaws in the survey’s methodology and other contradicting data, many organizations, including the Arab American Institute, suspect that this estimate is grossly undercounted.
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West Virginia Delegate John Ellem Hopes for More Arab American Voices at the National Level

Posted by on October 04, 2013 in Blog

By Marc Sabbagh Fall Intern, 2013

It may come as a surprise to some, but West Virginia is home to a notable concentration of Arab Americans. The community in West Virginia is active and engaged in every facet of life, including politics.

John Ellem is one such member of the Arab American community in West Virginia. Since 2001, Ellem has served in the West Virginia House of Delegates representing the 10th District. Ellem is one of two Arab American representatives in the state legislature, along with Doug Skaff Jr. who represents the 30th District....

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New Post-Morsi Poll Shows Egyptian Attitudes toward US Continue to Decline

Posted by on August 30, 2013 in Blog
Though news of unrest from Egypt has been eclipsed by events in Syria, Egypt remains a vitally important country. As the largest Arab state, the attitudes of Egyptians count, especially as the US potentially deepens its role in the region. A new Zogby Research poll on Egyptian Attitudes in the Post-Tamarrud, Post-Morsi Era, conducted in the second half of July 2013, shows that favorable ratings toward the US and President Obama are at 1% and 3%, respectively.
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Our National Conversation Starts Today

Posted by on July 23, 2013 in Blog
Last week we wrote to you about a national Arab American dialogue on the ongoing events in the Arab world, and what U.S. responses should be. Today, we will kick off that dialogue with a series of conversations about Egypt. We hope you will join us, along with Arab American scholars, journalists, fellow community members and activists as we attempt to tackle these, and a wide range of questions and concerns the community may have. Check out the impressive list below and join us:
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Census Snapshot of Arab American Community Important but Still Undercounts

Posted by on June 11, 2013 in Blog
Recently, the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS) released a report called Arab Households in the United States: 2006�2010. Using data from the 2010 census, the report is meant to serve as a snapshot of the Arab American population. Examining the ACS’ brief, it’s quite clear that one fundamental issue exists with the way the Census counts the Arab American community. As AAI executive director Maya Berry put it in a recent interview with NPR’s Code Switch, "The census undercounts our community. It always has." According to the Census Bureau’s ACS report, there are approximately 1.5 million Americans of Arab descent in the United States. In contrast, AAI says the number is more than 3.6 million.
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Arab-Americans: A ‘Growing’ Community, But By How Much?

Posted by NPR on May 30, 2013 in News Clips

One-and-a-half million Americans today claim Arab ancestry, according to a new Census Beaurau report.

That's less than 1 percent of the total U.S. population.

Still, Maryam Asi, a demographer at the Census Bureau who co-wrote the report, says the Arab-American community is "growing," with a 76 percent increase since 1990 and 25 percent increase since 2000.

Some advocates of the Arab-American community, however, have raised questions about whether these numbers reflect the actual size of the population.

"The census undercounts our community. It always has," says Maya Berry, executive director of the Arab American Institute, an...

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How Many Arab Americans Are There?

Posted by on April 05, 2013 in Blog
As the demographics researcher at the Arab American Institute, I’m often asked about the total number of Arab Americans in the country. Though the question seems simple, the answer is anything but.
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Census Bureau Rethinks The Best Way To Measure Race

Posted by NPR on December 27, 2012 in News Clips

Possible revisions to how the decennial census asks questions about race and ethnicity have raised concerns among some groups that any changes could reduce their population count and thus weaken their electoral clout.

The Census Bureau is considering numerous changes to the 2020 survey in an effort to improve the responses of minorities and more accurately classify Latino, Asian, Middle Eastern and multiracial populations.

Potential options include eliminating the "Hispanic origin" question and combining it with the race question, new queries for people of Middle Eastern or North African heritage, and spaces for Asians to list their country of descent....

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With Elections on the Horizon, Arab Americans Have Much to Be Proud Of

Posted by on October 08, 2012 in Blog

As we head into the 2012 elections, it is important for the community to know that our voice counts and that we can make a difference this election. In a number of ways, we already have. The Arab American community has worked tirelessly in many states throughout the nation to register new voters and become more integrated into the political process. Today, not only are Arab Americans voting in record numbers, they are helping to influence the outcome of races like never before. In Paterson, New Jersey we saw how organized Arab American community...

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With Elections on the Horizon, Arab Americans Have Much to Be Proud Of

Posted by on October 08, 2012 in Blog

As we head into the 2012 elections, it is important for the community to know that our voice counts and that we can make a difference this election. In a number of ways, we already have. The Arab American community has worked tirelessly in many states throughout the nation to register new voters and become more integrated into the political process. Today, not only are Arab Americans voting in record numbers, they are helping to influence the outcome of races like never before. In Paterson, New Jersey we saw how organized Arab American community...

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