Sikhs to be counted as a separate ethnic group in 2020 US census for first the time

08 Sept 2020

Sikhs to be counted as a separate ethnic group in 2020 US census for first the time

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.