New U.S. Census Category Proposed For People Of Middle Eastern, North African DescentListen· 4:034:03QueueDownloadEmbedTranscriptFacebookTwitterGoogle+EmailOctober 25, 20164:23 PM ETHeard on All Things Considered KAT CHOWTwitterThe U.S. Census Bureau may add a new category to its 2020 form for people of Middle Eastern or North African descent. The category — called “MENA” for short — encompasses a broad range of identities.ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:The U.S. Census is poised to add a new ethnic category to its 2020 survey. And it’s a big one. It’s for people of Middle Eastern or North African descent. In the past, if your family roots were in Egypt, say, or Iran, it wasn’t clear which box you checked. As Kat Chow of NPR’s Code Switch team reports, the census is heeding the calls of thousands of Americans who want to check a box that describes them.
I have been checking other for most of my life. I have never found a form that had a box for ‘Swedish’.