Successful completion of first phase of data collection for 2021 population Census

DSEC staff collecting information on the marine population

The first phase of data collection for the 2021 Population Census, which covers the marine population and individuals living in collective living quarters (e.g. dormitories and staff quarters), was largely completed on 31 May.

In addition to all the quarters on land, the Census also covers vessels operating in the waters under the jurisdiction of Macao. With more fishing vessels returning during the fishing moratorium in May this year, the Statistics and Census Service (DSEC) took the opportunity to collect data on the marine population during this period. Moreover, data on individuals living in collective living quarters were also collected in the first phase to obtain more detailed and accurate information of the population.

To facilitate a smooth Census operation, officials of DSEC had visited relevant public departments, tertiary institutions and associations since late March to present the Census data collection arrangements and gathered comments from the representatives of the respective parties. DSEC expresses gratitude for their support, co-operation and assistance, which contributed to the successful completion of the first phase of data collection.

The second phase of the Census data collection runs from 7 to 21 August, which covers households in general dwelling units. All interviewed units will receive an advance notification letter from DSEC. For more details about the Census, please visit the webpage of the 2021 Population Census (

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