Census Transformation Programme

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The aim of the Census Transformation Programme is to make the best use of all available data in England and Wales to enhance the provision of population statistics. It will provide a predominately online census in 2021, it will seek to increase the use of administrative data to enhance population statistics, and it will form plans for the provision of population statistics after 2021.

The three major strands of concurrent work in the Census Transformation Programme are:
1. An online census
The programme will provide a predominantly online census of all households and communal establishments in England and Wales in 2021 with special care taken to support those who are unable to complete the census online. This will look at how we run the 2021 Census data collection operation and its coverage survey (including the address register, field force, online/paper data collection, public support and enumeration of communal establishments).
2. Administrative data
The programme will increase the use of administrative data and surveys in order to enhance the statistics from the 2021 Census and improve annual statistics between censuses. This will look at how we integrate census and administrative and survey data to provide and disseminate census outputs.
3. Plans beyond 2021
The programme will decide how we provide these statistics after the 2021 Census.

This community is for all posts relating to the census and the wider remit of the Census Transformation Programme.

Somali Population

  • 1.  Somali Population

    Posted 07-01-2013 12:24
    ONS please help! We know there was undercounting of the Somali population in 2001 particularly in Bristol. In Table CT0010EW this ethnic category's population is given around 45K. But in yesterday's independent, Jerome Taylor states, "For many of Britain's estimated 400,000 Somalis....".  Is it just bad journalism or there is still an undercounting issue?

  • 2.  RE:Somali Population

    Posted 08-01-2013 09:46
    Hello Jamil

    The reason for the difference is that the figure of 45k in table CT0010EW only includes those people who wrote in Somali in the ethnic group question which will only include a small proportion of all Somalis living in England and Wales. I'm not sure where the 400k estimate comes from.

    Using Bristol as an example, our local estimate (pre-Census) of the Somali population is around 10k.  Looking at the Census data it seems that our Somali population is included in both the Black African category and the Black Other category. In the latter some people will have just ticked Black Other and not written in anything specific, some specified Somali (2,544) or Somalilander (406) and some specified Black British. Trying to get a local estimate of just the Somali population is therefore not actually possible at this stage.

    When the table of ethnic group by religion is published (Mar-June 2013), then it will be possible to look at the number of Muslims who are Black African and Black Other and make the huge assumption that these people are mainly Somalis. This may be more or less ok in Bristol but less so in other places with a more diverse population such as London.

    It is amazing that such a simple question can't be answered.

  • 3.  RE:Somali Population

    Posted 08-01-2013 10:09
    Hi folks

    Have you tried looking at Table QS203EW Country of birth (detailed)? This includes people born in Somalia.



  • 4.  RE:Somali Population

    Posted 08-01-2013 15:49
    Hi Steve

    Table QS203EW Country of birth (detailed) and CT0010EW Country of birth (write in response) give very similar stats.

    When we talk about Somalis in Bristol we are generally referring to the wider Somali population (ie including British born Somalis) rather than just those people born in Somalia.


    Subject: Somali Population

    Hi folks

    Have you tried looking at Table QS203EW Country of birth (detailed)? This includes people born in Somalia.



  • 5.  RE:Somali Population

    Posted 14-01-2013 13:18

    Hi Jamil


    In answer to your points raised we have summarised the Somali population estimates below and provided notes accordingly


    England & Wales figures

    QS203EW gives country of birth= SOMALIA 101,370

    QS209EW gives ETHNIC GROUP 45,475(Somalai) plus 6,249 (Somaliland)

    CT0010 gives ETHNIC GROUP 45,475(Somalai) plus 6,249 (Somaliland)


    The 101K from QS203 are only those people born in Somalia, not their descendants who may consider themselves Somali despite being born elsewhere.


    The 45K (and additional 6K) from QS209 are only those who specifically wrote in "Somali" under Black Other - We know that the majority of people from Somalia (and elsewhere in Africa) will have ticked the Black African box, rather than provide a text response.

  • 6.  RE:Somali Population

    Posted 14-01-2013 17:08
    Hi Paul

    Are you able to confirm that if someone wrote in 'Somali' under Black Other that they will be counted as Black Other and not Black African?

    I don't thnk that this was the case in 2001 Census where a SOmali write in was counted as Black African.