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Ann H. Rynearson, Thomas A. Gosebrink, Barrie Gewanter, and Manisha Desai


Since 1975, almost 850,000 Southeast Asian refugees have been admitted to the United States. It seems likely that language, cultural differences and the particular circumstances of resettlement of any new Americans will pose barriers to obtain complete and accurate census data. In fact, some evidence indicates that in 1980 there was a 28% undercount of Southeast Asian refugees in the United States. This preliminary report explores behaviors that may act as barriers to census among these populations. The research is part of a larger project to be completed at the end of this year.

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