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Brazil’s already-delayed 2020 census under fire again

The delayed 2020 census is finally due to be carried out this year. Or is it?

IBGE census workers visiting households in Poços de Caldas, a city in the southeastern state of Minas Gerais. Photo: Ricardo Benichio/Folhapress
IBGE census workers visiting households in Poços de Caldas, a city in the southeastern state of Minas Gerais. Photo: Ricardo Benichio/Folhapress

Brazil has still yet to carry out its 2020 census. And just as national statistics bureau IBGE was set to start collecting data on August 1, the two-year pandemic delay may be about to drag on even further. In a statement released on Thursday, the IBGE claimed that “including questions about sexual orientation would be impossible” and could make the entire census effort “unfeasible.”

The announcement came in response to a last-minute court order from the northern state of Acre, which called on the IBGE to include fields about sexual orientation and gender identity on the already delayed survey,...

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