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Quota System, Census and Declaration of Affi Liation to a Linguistic Group

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The quota system, which has become one of the most peculiar features of the South Tyrolean autonomy, foresees that German, Italian and Ladin speakers shall be considered in certain fields according to their numerical strength inside the population. This chapter examines the quota system and its application in different fields. In order to determine the numerical strength of each linguistic group, a mechanism was conceived: the declaration of affiliation with a linguistic group. This mechanism has undergone various changes in the course of recent years. The chapter focuses on the very nature of the techniques and to understand them, together with the quota system, as decisive and dynamic features of the South Tyrolean autonomy. The chapter underlines the ?uniqueness? of the South Tyrolean system of census, taken together with the declaration of linguistic affiliation: it is a mere instrument in order to apply the quota system with trustworthy data.

Keywords: census; linguistic affiliation; quota system; South Tyrolean autonomy

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