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Ministry of Economic Development, Productivity, and Regional Development
Central Statistical Office

Population Census

[Population census form]

Night of 2-3 July 2000

Geographical district (GD) _ _
Municipal ward / village council area (MWVCA) _ _
Enumeration area (EA) _ _
Urban / semi-urban / rural (U/S/R) _
Census district (CD) _ _
Locality (LOC) _ _
Block number (BLK NO) _ _
Building number (BLD NO) _ _ _
Housing unit number (HU NO) _ _
Household number (HH NO) _
Household type (HH TP) _
Form number (FN) _
Name ____
Address ____


1. Persons by whom the return is to be made
In the case of:

(i) households: the head of the household or person for the time being acting as head;
The head of a household is any adult member, whether male or female, who is acknowledged as head by the other members.

A household is either (i) a person living on his own or (ii) a group of two or more persons who may or may not be related, but who live together and make common provision for food and other essentials for living.

Two families living in one house constitute one household if they have common housekeeping arrangements, but should be considered as separate households if they have separate housekeeping arrangements and should then be entered on two separate census forms.
(ii) hotels, clubs, boarding houses: the manager or other person for the time being in charge of the premises;

(iii) hospitals, infirmaries, asylums, prisons or any other residential institution: the Chief Resident Officer or other person for the time being in charge of the institution;

(iv) naval forces, air forces, the special mobile force or the police training school: the commanding officer or the officer presently in charge;

(v) ships, barges or other vessels in any port or harbor in Mauritius: the captain, master or other person for the time being in charge of the vessel;

(vi) persons arriving after midnight on the night 2-3 July 2000 and who have not been enumerated elsewhere: the person specified above by whom the return is to be made with respect to the persons present at midnight on 2 July 2000 in any of the premises mentioned above;

(vii) persons not included in any of the above-mentioned categories: the person in respect of whom the return is to be made.

2. Persons in respect of whom the return is to be made

(i) all persons who spend census night 2-3 July 2000 on the premises whether they are members of the household, visitors, guests, boarders or servants;

(ii) all persons who arrive on the premises and join the household on Monday July 3 2000 without having been enumerated elsewhere; and

(iii) all temporarily absent members of the household, i.e. all persons who usually live in the household, but who are away on census night, for example, on a business trip, on vacation, in hospital or studying abroad; include them even if you know that they are being enumerated elsewhere.

3. Legal provisions

(i) The Census is taken by the Central Statistical Office under the Statistics Act. Every person is required by law to give to the person responsible for making the return such information as may be necessary to enable the return to be made. No use may however be made of such information by the person to whom it is given except for the purpose of making the return.

(ii) Any person who refuses or neglects to fill in the form or to supply the particulars required therein or who knowingly makes in this form any statement which is untrue in any material particular shall commit an offence under the Statistics Act, and shall, on conviction, be liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding one year and to a fine not exceeding Rs 1,000.

(iii) All information obtained in the course of the Census is treated as confidential. No information about named individuals is ever passed on by the central Statistical Office to any other Government Department or to any other Authority or person. All enumerators and other officers engaged in the taking of the Census are under oath and are liable to prosecution if they improperly disclose any information which has come to their knowledge while performing their duties.

4. Completion of the form

The form should be completely filled in by the person designated in section 1 above. If any difficulty is experienced, guidance should be sought from the enumerator when he calls to collect the form. If the answers are incomplete or inaccurate, the enumerator will ask any questions necessary to enable him to complete or correct the form.
The information should be entered in the space provided using ink or a ball-point pen. Nothing should be written in the boxes which are reserved for codes.

5. Collection of the form

The form will be collected on 3 or 4 July 2000 by the appointed enumerator.

Before completing the census form, please consult the guide, which is in both English and French.

I declare that the information in this return is true to the best of my knowledge and belief.

____ Signature or mark of the person making the return
____ Signature of authorized officer

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Please do not write anything in the boxes
Complete a line for every person present on Census night (2-3 July 2000) and also for every person who usually lives in the household but was absent on Census night.
See instructions in section 2 on front page.

1. Person number _ _

2. Surname and other names ____

Enter the name (surname first) of every person in the following order:

Head of household
Spouse of head
Unmarried children of head (from eldest to youngest)
Married children of head and their families
Other relatives of head (father, mother, nephew, niece, mother-in-law, etc.)
Other persons (visitor, lodger, servant, etc.)

Babies must be included. For a baby who has not yet been given a name, write surname and 'Baby'.

3. Relationship to head _

State if:

[] Head
[] Spouse
[] Son
[] Daughter
[] Son-in-law
[] Daughter-in-law
[] Grand-child
[] Father
[] Mother
[] Nephew
[] Niece, etc.
[] Visitor
[] Lodger
[] Servant, etc.

Step children and adopted children should be considered as sons or daughters.

4. Sex _


[] M - for male
[] F - for female

5. Age _ _

Give age in completed years. E.g., if person was 15 years 11 months on census night, write: '15 years'. For children who have not attained 1 year, write '0 year'.

6. Date of birth ____

Write the day, month, and year of birth of the person. E.g. 13 May 1963.

7. Whereabouts on census night ____

If person was here on Census night or was out on night work, write 'here'. If person was elsewhere in the Island of Mauritius, Rodrigues, Agalega or St Brandon, write: 'Elsewhere in Mauritius'; otherwise, write: 'Outside Mauritius'.

8. Usual address _ _ _ _ _

If person usually lives here, write 'here'. If not, write the person's usual address. For persons on visit to Mauritius, write the country of residence.

9. Citizenship _ _ _ _ _

If of Mauritian nationality, write:

[] MB - Mauritian born
[] MD - Mauritian by descent
[] MR - Mauritian by registration
[] MN - Mauritian by naturalization

If not Mauritian, specify the country of citizenship.
(Stop here for non-Mauritians usually residing outside Mauritius)

10. Usual address 5 years ago _ _ _ _ _

Was the person's address 5 years ago (on 2.7.1995) the same as that shown in column 8? If yes, write 'yes'. If no, write the person's usual address on 2.7.1995. For a child under 5 years, write 'not born'.

11. Disability _ _ _

Does the person experience any disability (i.e., any limitation to perform a daily-life activity in a manner considered normal for a person of his/her age), because of a long-term physical/mental condition or health problem?
Write 'yes' or 'no'.

[] Yes
[] No

If 'yes', insert as many disabilities as applicable as follows:
[] SPCH - speaking and talking disabilities
[] EAR - hearing and listening disabilities even with hearing aid
[] EYE - seeing disabilities even with glasses
[] MTION - walking, running, and other ambulation disabilities
[] MANU - manual activity disabilities such as fingering, gripping, and holding
[] LEARN - disturbance of ability to learn and acquire education
[] BEH - disturbances of behavior, maladjustment, and liability to self-injury
[] CARE - inability to look after oneself with regard to personal care and hygiene, feeding, etc.
[] OTHER - other disabilities (specify)

12. Marital status _

Write as applicable:

[] W - widowed (not remarried)
[] D - divorced (not remarried)
[] SEP - separated, whether legally or not
[] MRC - married religiously and civilly
[] MR - married religiously only
[] MC - married civilly only
[] C - in a union but not married religiously or civilly
[] S - single
[] UP - unmarried parent
[] OTHER - other, specify ____

For persons not single in column 12:
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13. Age at first marriage _ _

Give the age in completed years at which the person married for the first time.

14. Whether married more than once

Has the person married more than once? Insert 'yes' or 'no'.

[] Yes
[] No

15. Number of children ever born _ _

For women not single in column 12, state the number of children ever born (excluding still births). Count all live born children whether they are now alive or dead, whether they are living with her or not.

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16. Religion _ _

Insert the person's religion.

17. Linguistic group _ _

State the language spoken by the person's ancestors.
If the language of the paternal ancestors is different from that of the maternal ancestors, write both. For census purposes, consider creole, bhojpuri, etc. as languages.

18. Language usually spoken _ _

State the language usually or most often spoken by the person in his/her home. For children not yet able to speak, insert the language spoken by the mother. For a person who cannot speak, write the language usually spoken in his/her home. For census purposes, consider creole, bhojpuri, etc. as languages.

[Stop here for children under 2 years]

For persons aged 2 years and over:
[Column 19 to 21 were asked of persons age 2 and older.]

19. Languages read and written ____

In which language(s) can the person, with understanding, both read and write a simple statement in his/her everyday life? Write 'none' for persons (including children) who cannot both read and write any language. For census purposes, consider creole, bhojpuri, etc. as languages.

20. School attendance _

If now attending school (including pre-primary), college or university full-time, write 'now'. If has attended school/college/university full-time in the past, write: 'past'. If never attended school/college/university, write: 'never'.

[] Now
[] Past
[] Never

21. Primary and secondary education _ _

If now attending pre-primary, primary, or secondary school, write standard or form being attended. If attended primary or secondary school in the past, write highest standard or form completed or highest primary or secondary school certificate obtained. If never attended school, write 'nil'.
(Stop here for persons under 12 years)

For persons aged 12 years and over:
[Column 22 to 34 were asked of persons aged 12 years and older.]

22. Qualifications other than those of the primary and secondary levels

Has the person obtained any qualifications other than those of the primary and secondary levels already reported in column 21? E.g., degrees, diplomas, nursing or teaching qualifications, membership of professional institutions, other professional, educational, technical or vocational qualifications, etc.

If 'no', write 'none' in all six columns below.

If 'yes', give details for the 3 highest qualifications as follows:
- duration of training in full time equivalent months
- title of qualification obtained, major field of study and name of institution awarding the qualification (e.g. BSc Civil Engineering - University of Mauritius; NCC International Diploma in Computer Studies - SITRAC; NTC 1 Hotel management - Hotel School of Mauritius, etc.)
If allotted space is not sufficient, write where space is available and link with an arrow.

Highest qualification
(1a) Duration of training in months _ _
(1b) Qualification received, major field of study and name of institution awarding the qualification _ _ _ _
Second highest qualification
(2a) Duration of training in months _ _
(2b) Qualification received, major field of study and name of institution awarding the qualification _ _ _ _
Third highest qualification
(3a) Duration of training in months _ _
(3b) Qualification received, major field of study and name of institution awarding the qualification _ _ _ _

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Type of activity
[Questions 23 through 26 relate to the type of activity a person is involved with. These questions were asked of persons aged 12 year and older.]

23. How many hours in all did the person work for pay, profit or family gain during the past week from Monday 26 June to Sunday 2 July 2000? _ _

Include self-employment with or without employees; work without pay in a family enterprise or farm, but exclude housework in the person's own home. If worked for less than 1 hour during the whole week, enter '00' and continue with column 24. Otherwise, enter number of hours (to the nearest hour) and go to column 28.

24. Was there a job, business, family enterprise or agricultural holding or farm, at which the person did not work because of illness, injury, holiday, industrial dispute, off-season inactivity, temporary disorganization, etc.?

If there was a job, business, enterprise or farm from which the person was temporarily absent, write 'yes' and go to column 28. If the person did not hold a job, write 'no' and continue with column 25.

[] Yes [Continue to question 28]
[] No

25. Did the person take any active steps to look for work or set up a business of his/her own, any time during the past 4 weeks?

For example, did he/she check with employers or at private homes, factories and work sites; place or answer advertisements; seek assistance and advice to set up own business or enterprise; maintain registration with an Employment Exchange, etc. Insert 'yes' or 'no' as appropriate.

[] Yes
[] No

26. Was the person available for work during the past week?

Write 'yes' or 'no'.

[] Yes
[] No

If 'no', give reason as follows:
[] HH - household duties
[] ST - studies
[] DIS - illness, injury, or disability
[] WR - wholly retired
[] OTHER - other (specify)

27. When last worked _ _

How many months ago did the person work for the last time, even for a few days?

If person never worked, write 'never' and go to column 34.

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For persons aged 12 years and over.
(Questions 28 to 33 refer to the person's job or business during the past week. If person had no job last week, answer for his/her last job. If person had more than one job last week, answer for the job at which he/she worked the most hours.)

28. Name and type of establishment _

Give the name of the establishment, factory, firm, government ministry, municipal or district council, parastatal body, co-operative enterprise, etc., for which the person worked, including details of branch, division, department, etc.

If there is no name, give name of employer.

If self-employed, give name of business shop, agency, etc., or write the person's own name.

If employed by a private household as cook, driver, watchman, gardener, household worker, maidservant, etc., write 'private household'.

29. Kind of business, industry or service _ _ _ _ _

Describe fully the kind of business, industry or service activities carried on at the person's place of work.

Do not use vague terms such as agriculture, repairs, factory, school, shop, etc.

Use precise terms such as sugar cane cultivation, tea cultivation, car repairing, bicycle repairing, sugar factory, pullover knitting mill, manufacture of knitted gloves, cutting and sewing underwears, primary school, household furniture shop, household appliances shop, groceries retailer, victualler, etc.

If there were more than one activity, describe the industry, business or service in which the person's main occupation was performed.

30. Place of work _ _ _ _

Write the full address of the person's place of work, specifying the municipal ward or village council area and/or locality.

If worked at home, write 'at home'.

If person had no usual place of work, then give the address of the depot, garage, bus or taxi stand, firm, etc., where the person reported for work.

For street vendors, give the address of the place where they work the most.

31. Occupation _ _ _ _

Describe clearly the work which the person was doing.

Do not use vague terms such as clerk, driver, factory worker, supervisor, repair engineer, teacher, etc. Use precise terms such as accounts clerk, filing clerk, school clerk, taxi car driver, lorry driver, bus driver, bus conductor, cabinet maker, car mechanic, telephone operator, pre-primary school teacher, primary school teacher, secondary school teacher, etc.

Do not hesitate to use Creole terms if necessary.

32. Employment status _

Insert as appropriate:

[] SEE - self-employed with employees
[] SEW - self-employed without employees
[] FW - working without pay for spouse or other relative in his / her farm or business
[] A - apprentice / trainee with or without pay
[] EM - employee paid by day, week, fortnight, job
[] PC - member of producers' cooperative
[] OTHER - other, specify ____

33. Length of service with employer _ _

How long has the person worked for his/her present or most recent employer?

Give number of completed years. If less than one year, write: 'less than one year'. Please note that length of service with employer is required and not at your job. Thus for persons in public service give total length of service and not time spent in their present grade.

For self-employed persons, give the time during which they have been self-employed.

34. Income _ _ _ _ _ _

State the total cash income in rupees received from all sources by the person for the month of June 2000.

Please include:
- income from paid employment (wages and salaries, commissions, bonuses, etc. before any deductions)
- income from self-employment (gross receipts from trade, business, profession, crop cultivation, etc. less expenses of operation)
- income of members of producers' co-operatives
- property income (interests, dividends, rent received less current maintenance expenses)
- social security benefits (old age pension, widow's pension, invalid pension, child's allowance, unemployment hardship relief, etc.)
- other income (retirement pension from a funded pension plan or former employer, life insurance annuity benefit, widow's and children pension, alimony/maintenance, scholarship grants, gifts and remittances in cash, etc.)
Where any income is received daily, weekly, fortnightly, quarterly, half-yearly or yearly, insert income apportioned on a monthly basis.

If no income was received, write: 'nil'.

[Household census form]

In strict confidence

2000 Housing Census - Mauritius

I. Location

C01. Geographical district _ _

C02. Municipal ward / village council area _ _

C03. Enumeration area _ _

C04. Urban / semi-urban / rural _

C05. Census district _ _

C06. Locality _ _

C07. Block number _ _

C08. Building enumeration number _ _ _

C09. Number of housing units in building _ _

C10. II. Type of building

(a) Under construction and not inhabited

[] 01. (skip to section V)
(b) Wholly residential
[] 02. Building used wholly as one housing unit
Building containing more than one housing unit
[] 03. Block of flats, semi-detached houses, etc.
[] 04. Building intended to be used as one housing unit but crudely subdivided into smaller housing units
[] 05. Other: specify ____
[] 06. Detached room intended for use by part of a household
[] 07. Building or structure occupied as improvised housing unit (e.g. longère, garage, tent)
[] 08. Homeless (Skip to section V)
(c) Partly residential
[] 09. Building used partly for residential and partly for other purposes (e.g. shop dwelling)
(d) Hotels and institutions
[] 10. Hotel or boarding house with 9 or more rooms (skip to section V)
[] 11. Hotel or boarding house with less than 9 rooms (skip to section V)
[] 12. Institution (e.g. convent, infirmary, hospital, barracks) (skip to section V)
(e) Non-residential
[] 13. Public building (stop here)
[] 14. Commercial (skip to section VI)
[] 15. Industrial (skip to section VI)
[] 16. Commercial and industrial (skip to section VI)
[] 17. Warehouse (skip to section VI)
[] 18. Other: specify ____ (skip to section VI)

III. Characteristics of buildings coded 02-07, 09 in Section II

C11. Storeys above ground floor

Number of storeys above ground floor (if none, write 0; if 9 or more, write 9) _

C12. Year of completion

[] 1. Before 1970
[] 2. 1970-84
[] 3. 1985-89
[] 4. 1990-94
[] 5. 1995-99
[] 6. 2000
[] 7. Not known
[] 8. Not completed but inhabited

Principal material of construction used

C13. Roof

[] 1. Concrete slab
[] 2. Iron or tin sheets
[] 3. Shingles
[] 4. Other, specify ____

C14. Walls

[] 1. Stone, concrete, concrete blocks, bricks
[] 2. Iron or tin sheets
[] 3. Wood
[] 4. Other, specify ____

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IV. For all housing units
(i.e. codes 02-05, 07, 09 of section II)

C15. Serial number of housing unit _ _

HU1. Ownership

[] 1. Mortgaged
[] 2. Nonmortgaged
[] 3. Public

HU2. Occupancy

(a) Occupied
[] 1. Principal residence
[] 2. Secondary residence
(b) Vacant
[] 3. For rent
[] 4. For sale
[] 5. Provided by employer
[] 6. Under repairs
[] 7. Other: specify ____

HU3. Water supply

Piped water
[] 1. Inside housing unit
[] 2. Outside, on premises
[] 3. Outside, public fountain
[] 4. Tank-wagon (camion-citerne)
[] 5. Well / river
[] 6. Other: specify ____

HU4. Domestic water tank/reservoir

[] 1. Available
[] 2. Not available

HU5. Availability of electricity

[] 1. Available
[] 2. Not available

HU6. Toilet facilities

Flush toilet connected to sewerage system
[] 01. Not shared
[] 02. Shared
Flush toilet connected to absorption pit
[] 03. Not shared
[] 04. Shared
Flush toilet connected to septic tank
[] 05. Not shared
[] 06. Shared
Pit latrine - water seal
[] 07. Not shared
[] 08. Shared
Pit latrine - other
[] 09. Not shared
[] 10. Shared
Other, including none
[] 11. Not shared

HU7. Bathing facilities

Bathroom inside with running water
[] 1. Not shared
[] 2. Shared
Bathroom inside without running water
[] 3. Not shared
[] 4. Shared
Bathroom outside with running water
[] 5. Not shared
[] 6. Shared
Bathroom outside without running water
[] 7. Not shared
[] 8. Shared
[] 0. Not shared

HU8. Availability of kitchen

Kitchen inside housing unit
[] 1. Not shared
[] 2. Shared
Kitchen outside housing unit
[] 3. Not shared
[] 4. Shared
[] 0. Not shared

HU9. Refuse disposal

[] 1. Regular collection by authorized collector
[] 2. Irregular collection by authorized collector
[] 3. Ash pit on premises
[] 4. Dumped on premises
[] 5. Dumped on the roadside
[] 6. Other: specify ____

V. Households

Household number _

Household type

(Insert appropriate numerical code)

[] 1. Single
[] 2. Combined
[] 3. Part of household
[] 4. Institutional
[] 5. Hotel population
[] 6. Collective quarters
[] 7. Homeless

Not applicable:
[] 8. Vacant
[] 9. Under construction

Name and address of head of household

Insert in following order (in block letters)

First line (a): Title (e.g. Mr, Mrs, Ww, Dr, Hon, etc.), name, surname
Second line (b): No. and Street/Road/Lane
Third line (c): Locality/Town/District

____ (a)
____ (b)
____ (c)

Number of persons

____ Total
____ Male
____ Female


(Insert appropriate numerical code)

[] 1. Owner
[] 2. Tenant
[] 3. Sub-tenant
[] 4. Free
[] 5. Other: specify ____

Number of rooms

____ For living purposes
____ For business or professional purposes

Monthly rent (Rs)____

Principal fuel used for cooking

(Insert appropriate numerical code)

[] 1. Wood
[] 2. Charcoal
[] 3. Kerosene
[] 4. Electricity
[] 5. Gas
[] 6. Other, specify ____

Principal fuel used in bathroom

(Insert appropriate numerical code)

[] 1. None
[] 2. Electricity
[] 3. Gas
[] 4. Solar
[] Other, specify ____

VI. Commercial and industrial establishments, hotels, and boarding houses
(To be filled in for every non-agricultural private establishment, including those relating to small crafts)

A. Name of establishment or working proprietor/manager (in block letters): ____

B. Address:

(i) No. and street/road/lane ____
(ii) Locality/town/district _ _ _ _ _ _

C. Main activity in which the establishment is engaged: _ _ _ _ _

D. Number of persons engaged at the time of enumeration _ _

Include also persons usually employed full time by the establishment, but who are temporarily absent from work because of sickness, accident, holiday or strike.

VII. Fruit trees on premises
Number of fruit trees of bearing age:

____ Peach
____ Bibasse
____ Masson
____ Guava
____ Mango
____ Pawpaw
____ All citrus
____ Coconut
____ Longane
____ Litchi

____ Atte
____ Coeur de boeuf
____ Grenadille
____ Grapes
____ Banana
____ Jackfruit
____ Fruit de cithere
____ Corrosol
____ Breadfruit
____ Olive
____ Tamarind

____ Other

____ Total