2020 Census: Reaching An Accurate Count

Posted on March 13, 2020
There is no ethnic category for Arab Americans on the U.S. Census. This has led to a significant undercount of the community, creating barriers to many basic rights and services. While the Census Bureau estimates the number of Arab Americans in the United States is 1.9 million, the Arab American Institute estimates the total is actually closer to 3.7 million. Federal data on Arab Americans is obtained through ancestry data from the American Community Survey, a yearly survey that collects economic, social, demographic and housing information from a small sample of the general population. While helpful, this approach is incomplete.
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Census Information Center

Posted on August 01, 2017 in Research

The Census Bureau has designated AAI as its only Census Information Center dedicated to analyzing data on the Arab American community. As such, we offer updated demographics on the Arab American community, custom research requests, and access to Census Bureau data tools and trainings. Follow the links below to learn more about our involvement with the Census Bureau.

Key Findings: The Arab American Vote 2016

Posted by Arab American Institute on October 25, 2016 in Blog

To download the full poll, please visit: http://www.aaiusa.org/arab_american_voters_2016_identity_and_political_concerns

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GCC Countries Score High in "Quality of Life" Survey

Posted on October 22, 2016 in Washington Watch

by James J. Zogby

Citizens in several of the Arab Gulf states appear to have a higher appreciation for the quality of life available to them in their countries than do citizens in most European countries. This was one of the key findings of a Zogby Research Services (ZRS) study conducted earlier this year.  As part of a larger omnibus study that surveyed a range of attitudes of 24,000 citizens in 22 countries, ZRS measured rates of satisfaction, optimism, confidence, and perceptions of personal security. The countries covered in the study included all of the GCC and Egypt....

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Leadership or Pandering: Grading Our Elected Officials

Posted by on December 31, 2015 in Blog

One of the many ways we are ghting intolerance is by holding public of cials accountable for the rhetoric they espouse. The Arab American Institute’s “Leadership or Pandering” series examines statements made by policymakers and candidates as they address divisive issues that provide clear opportunities to stand against bigotry. Though not comprehensive, and while no of cial can be judged fairly by any single action or statement, we hope that it will provide a useful look at the debate and its participants.

This edition of “Leadership or Pandering” examines xenophobia and...

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The U.S. Census

Posted on May 21, 2015 in Research

AAI has been involved in three decennial censuses and works continually with the Census Bureau to advocate on behalf of the Arab American community through the Census Information Center and the Decennial Census Advisory Committee. AAI makes demographic data available on our website and does custom research on the Arab American community. We continue to work on questions of classification of the Arab American community on the census and encourage the Census Bureau to broaden its options pertaining to ancestry.

Palestinian flag-raising is highlight of heritage week in Paterson

Posted by on May 04, 2015 in News Clips

PATERSON — A throng of more than 600 sang the Palestinian anthem and cheered as the Palestinian flag was raised at Paterson City Hall on Sunday afternoon.

Women garbed in hijabs and embroidered dresses and men in keffiyehs participated in the third annual raising of the green, black, red and white flag, in an event sponsored by the Arab American Civic Organization. The crowd waves Palestinian and American flags as Laila Ghannam, the governor of Ramallah, speaks during the ceremony on Sunday, May 3, 2015.

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Should the US census count Arab Americans differently?

Posted by KPCC on February 06, 2015 in News Clips

The U.S. Census Bureau is weighing a new category to more accurately count Arab Americans. The proposed classification is referred to as “MENA,” for Middle Eastern-North African.   Arab American advocates say the idea is a long time coming.   “We’re an ethnic constituency, and the challenge is that sometimes the U.S. doesn’t do ethnicity very well because they’re fixated on race," said Maya Berry, executive director of the Arab American Institute in Washington, D.C.

Census bureau officials have been gathering input, public comments and opinions from experts and Arab American groups. They say they plan to test the category...

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UAE has ‘unique’ relationship with Iran, says poll author

Posted by The National on December 18, 2014 in News Clips

ABU DHABI // The author of a poll that surveyed more than 7,500 Arab-speaking adults said the UAE held a “unique” relationship with its neighbour Iran, which could help explain some of the surprising figures.

As hundreds of thousands of Iranians call the UAE home and Dubai is one of Iran’s top trading partners, it puts the UAE in a different basket to other surveyed countries.

“There are strong historic ties, especially in Dubai, with Iran,” said Dr James Zogby, managing director of US-based research centre Zogby Research and a contributor to The National’s opinion pages. “There is a very...

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Report: More data would make 2020 census more accurate

Posted by Philadelphia Inquirer on December 15, 2014 in News Clips

As the government looks ahead to the 2020 census, some civic leaders are seeking changes they say will paint a more vivid picture of an increasingly diverse United States.

"Race and Ethnicity in the 2020 Census: Improving Data to Capture a Multiethnic America," a report released last month by the Leadership Conference Education Fund, a coalition of 200 civil rights groups, promotes a series of changes in how the data on race and ethnicity are gathered by the census and its companion American Community Survey.

Among the recommendations: Add a new ethnicity category for people of Middle Eastern and...

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