Sikhs to be counted as a separate ethnic group in 2020 US census for first the time
08 Sept 2020
The Census Bureau will consider Sikhs as a 'distinct' ethnic group, for the first time in US history. This is an important step towards establishing a distinct identity away from the composite category of “Asian Indians” for the Indians who are widely known as Indian-Americans.
According to several experts, this measure potentially gives ammunition to Sikh separatists who promote the idea of Khalistan from the comfort of their homes in the United States, Canada and other Western countries.
After the inclusion of Sikhs as a separate group, the community will be allowed to ‘self identify’ if it writes ‘Sikh’ in response to the race question and will be counted separately under a unique code.
The community will be counted under the larger 'Asian' category and not under 'Asian Indian' as was the case in the 2010 count when 'Sikh' was considered a 'religious' response.
After years of research and outreach in March the Census Bureau’s decision was announced.
The decision is viewed as a huge victory by the Sikhs who were one of the first immigrants from India to arrive on American shores over 120 years ago.