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Selen
Posted: Saturday, June 6, 2009 9:15:09 PM
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Location: United Kingdom
Hi! I am a little confused. Why is it that in certain forms we are ask to specify ethnical origin? What is the Idea behind it? (Other than serious medical reasons). Thanks
Isaac Samuel
Posted: Sunday, June 7, 2009 10:52:20 AM
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In the United States,this ethnicity question is asked only when you apply for government jobs or aids and it is not a compulsory requirement to answer it.

I would imagine that the govt. wants to have this statistics to calibrate the system of
distribution of any sort proportionately based on the needs of different ethnic groups.I doubt the validity of this stat any more because of the rampant inter migration and inter marriages in the U.S.

I have heard it called demographic question and the answers to which,I believe, can help industries to locate and market their respective products and services accordingly.
kaliedel
Posted: Monday, June 8, 2009 2:25:47 AM
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There are also the EOE laws in the US, where companies must ask about ethnicity to comply with certain rules and standards (though it, too, is entirely voluntary and private.)
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