For the first time in Peruvian National Census history, the National Statistics Office (INEI) seeks to more precisely determine the country’s indigenous and African groups, according to how they self-identify. The ultimate goal is to raise awareness in the general population about these distinct and overlapping ethnic and cultural identities and to bridge the gaps between them as well as provide new opportunities.
One way INEI has gone about doing this during the census has been to realize events about this new initiative and its purposes. In Piura, a roundtable was held on the theme of the development of the Afro-Peruvian community in which local, as well as regional authorities, were present.
Historically, the National Statistics Office in Peru has never given much importance to the question of ethnic or racial demographics in the country, a trait shared by many Latin American countries. In fact, there have rarely been any official statistics on ethnic or racial identity in Peru until this initiative.
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