There will be no population census in Ukraine in 2021. The government will not be able to prepare in time, says Oleg Nemchynov, the Minister of the Cabinet. Interfax-Ukraine news agency quoted him as saying.
"It is necessary to perform the census, but it's a luxury. The budget request filed by the State Statistics Agency equals 5.8 billion hryvnas (USD 210 mln, - 112 International), I guess. Our entire stabilization budget is amined at combating coronavirus, that's 65 billion hryvnas (USD 2.4 bn, - 112 International). It's very serious political decision, and it's a process one has to launch well ahead. For example, if we wanted to hold a census in 2021, we were supposed to start preparing in March 2020", Nemchynov said.
The Minister noted that, most likely, the population census in Ukraine will not be conducted in 2021.
"I don't think so. We could try doing so in the end of the year, but in this case, we've got to be spending funds on it since September or October. The way the head of the State Statistics Agency explained it to me, one needs at least one year and three months to pass the entire cycle that we need to perform", the official said. "But [performing] even a digital census takes a lot of funds".
Last time the all-Ukrainian census took place was in 2001; the date of the next one has been delayed ever since.