Religious population data to be released this month

The official religious population data from the 2014 census will finally be released on 21 July with the ethnic population data to be released five months later, according to a spokesperson from the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population.
The report said that the data will be used to assist universities, research centres, civil society organisations, development partners and the government to develop policies and programmes for Myanmar society.
The nationwide population and housing census conducted by the MoIP with technical support from UNFPA between 30 March and 10 April 2014. Since then, the ministry has issued the results to the public after each stage of analysis is complete.
The MoIP released the main results of the census last year.
According to the latest census, Myanmar has an estimated population of 51.4 million including over 25 million men and over 26 million women. The gender ratio shows 93 males for every 100 females.  The census found that 70% of the population lives in rural areas. It shows that 2 million people are living outside Myanmar in neighbouring countries, with half of those from the eastern states of Mon, Kayin and Shan. Up to 70% of those living abroad are in Thailand, followed by Malaysia, China, Singapore and the US. The country’s first-ever nationwide census was taken in 1973 and the second in 1983.
Myanmar is a multi-religious country. Among the different faiths including Christianity, Islam and Hinduism, Theravada Buddhism is practiced by the majority of citizens.
The previous government delayed releasing the results due to rising hate speech against Muslim communities.—YCDC

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