^ 1.01.1Hewsen, Robert H.Laz - Orientation. World Culture Encyclopedia. The census of 1945 cited 46,987 Laz speakers but did not count Turkish-speaking Laz and is certainly an undercount. The Soviet census of 1926—the last one in which the Laz are mentioned—listed 643 ethnic Laz in Ajaria and 730 Laz speakers. Catford (1970) estimated the total number of Laz at about 50,000, but there is no question that they are gradually becoming assimilated to the Turkish population at large.
^Roger Rosen, Jeffrey Jay Foxx, The Georgian Republic, Passport Books (September 1991)