For the purposes of this survey, the household should be defined as a person, or group of
people who sleep and eat together in the same place for at least 6 months out of the past 12
months (period ending at the time the household is interviewed).
There are 8 exceptions to this rule:
1) Household head is always a member of the household, even if that person didn’t eat and sleep
in the household more than 6 months.
2) New-born children not yet 6 months old are still considered household members.
3) Lodgers, hired workers and servants who are heads of their own households in another
location, even though they sleep under the same roof and contribute money to eat together
with the household for 6 months or more, should not be considered a household member.
4) People who have died in the past 12 months should not be counted as a household member,
even if they lived in the household for more than 6 months.
5) People with the intention of staying in the household permanently whether with appropriate
papers (marriage certificate, transfer or demobilisation papers...) or without papers such as:
new daughter- or son-in-law recently moved in with spouse’s family, child recently returned
from the army not yet 6 months, ... should still be considered household members.
6) Children who go to study and live away from the household but the household still provides
for their living expenses and is not a member of any other household.
7) Gone to do military service but will return to live in the household.
8) People with blood relationship with the household head whose work requires them to be
absent for more than 6 months of the year, but who consider this their permanent place of
residence and who contribute to the household budget