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Matt T. Salo

Executive Summary

During August 7 and August 10, 1996, respectively, the Census 1 The respondents in the four focus groups, will be referred to as "participants," throughout the paper. 2 Unless otherwise stated, the statements made here represent the findings based on the four focus groups only, and are not generalizable beyond the areas and groups from which they were recruited. Bureau conducted four focus groups, two each at Bradenton, Florida and Cornelius, Oregon, in order to collect information on barriers to the enumeration of migrant farm workers, and to elicit suggestions for improving current census procedures for year 2000. The groups consisted of a total of 35 individuals 1 of both sexes (9,8,8,10 respectively), five outside observers and one census observer, in addition to the moderator. The participants for the focus groups consisted of service providers, program administrators, outreach workers and migrant workers; the second Oregon focus group included some migrant workers, who are primarily Spanish speaking, and because of this the session was conducted with the help of a translator. The representatives of various organizations were able to provide good overviews of the wide variety of migrant farm workers they serve; the migrant workers provided an insiders’ view of migrant life, albeit of more restricted scope.

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