Osmani holds coordinative meeting with religious communities regarding the Census

05 March 2021

 Foreign Minister Bujar Osmani met with the leaders of religious communities in the Republic of North Macedonia which discussed the course and the activities regarding the 2021 Census, which has started for several categories of citizens of the Republic of North Macedonia, including the diaspora since 1 March. The meeting was held at the Parliamentarians’ club, and was attended by the State Statistical Office Simevski, the Director of the Commission for Relations with Religious Communities and Groups, Sotirovski, and the Director of the Emigration Agency, Bliznakovski.

“I called the religious leaders to a meeting and briefed them on the process,in order to present our activities and, of course, to ask for their support, a public appeal on their part, for an even broader and more thorough mobilization of our citizens in the census. Religious communities have a developed network throughout numerous global centres where our citizens live, as well as an eminent authority among our diaspora, and I consider their contribution to this process especially important.We have had a productive talk and, at my personal satisfaction, I think that today we secured significant support that will contribute to even wider spread of information among our diaspora”, Osmani emphasised.

That was also the reason for the presence of the Director of the Emigration Agency, as a competent institution with a wide network of contacts that they have with expatriates, their associations and organizations. Their involvement in activities and logistics aimed at our diaspora would mean a contribution to the success of this process.

At the meeting, Osmani talked about the importance of involvement of the diaspora, their self-registration, the massiveness of this process, which would lead to an improved picture of the distribution of our citizens abroad and in that context, he underlined:

“We will get a picture of their communication with our country as well as their needs for state services; we will get a picture of their ambitions, whether to remain in the country of their stay or even better, the potentials or possibilities to return in our country; we will get information about their qualitative, demographic, educational, social structure, this is very important information that will help us as a country, as a society to increase communication and create real policies aimed at the diaspora.”

 At the end of the meeting, Osmani emphasised that this process should not be exclusive, but on the contrary, through common, inclusive cooperation such as the one today, and throughout the process, by including all participants in the public life, in order to achieve the goal, to have a successful census.