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Orphan Population 2014

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Countries with the Most Orphans 2024

Many people believe that for someone to be considered an orphan, they need to be at an orphanage. In reality, that is not the case. An orphan is someone who does not have any parents. There are some situations where the parents may not be able to take care of the child, so they put the child up for adoption. There are other situations where the parents may die in a tragic accident, such as a motor vehicle collision. This could make their children orphans. Generally, an orphan is someone who does not have anyone to raise them. There is some debate regarding whether someone who has moved in with a friend or a close family member should be considered an orphan, but an orphan is someone who generally does not have any parents.

Which Countries Have the Highest Orphan Rates?

Country
Orphan Population 2014
India31,000,000
China20,600,000
Nigeria12,000,000
Bangladesh4,800,000
Ethiopia4,800,000
Indonesia4,700,000
Pakistan4,200,000
DR Congo4,200,000
Brazil3,700,000
South Africa3,400,000

Orphan rates have been on the rise across the world during the past few years. A lot of this has been driven by the coronavirus pandemic, which disproportionately impacts adults more than children. As a result, many parents have died, rendering their children orphans. Some of the countries that have the highest orphan rates in the world include Russia, Iran, Colombia, Brazil, Mexico, South Africa, and Peru. These countries have seen a significant increase in their orphan rates since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. There are a lot of people who believe that orphan rates may be significantly higher, as information is still being collected on deaths related to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Are Orphan Rates High in the United States?

The United States does not necessarily have higher orphan rates than other parts of the world. At the same time, there is some concern that orphan rates in the United States will rise during the next few years. Even though the United States has had a lot of deaths due to the coronavirus pandemic, leading to increasing orphan rates, there is also some concern that recent changes in abortion laws in the United States could contribute to an increase in children being put up for adoption. This could lead to a rise in orphan rates in the United States.

Is It Easy to Adopt a Child in the United States?

No, adopting a child in the United States is not an easy process. Even though plenty of children are looking for new parents, there are a lot of hoops that someone has to jump through to be allowed to adopt a child. First, it is an expensive process. There is a lot of paperwork to fill out, and it is not unusual for someone to have to hire a lawyer to adopt a child. Then, there are background checks that have to be done. Child Protection Services must ensure that prospective parents and children are good matches for each other. That is why it is always better to have a professional who can help during the process.

  • Accurate orphan population counts are tragically difficult to obtain in many countries. Orphans often exist outside of everyday society and lack data points such as home addresses, phone numbers, or government-issued identification (drivers licenses, Social Security or other ID numbers, etc.) that would make them trackable and countable.

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Country
Orphan Population 2014
Orphanhood Due to Covid
India31,000,0002,200,000
China20,600,0001,947
Nigeria12,000,000372,502
Bangladesh4,800,00029,580
Ethiopia4,800,000197,410
Indonesia4,700,000449,517
Pakistan4,200,000363,947
DR Congo4,200,000260,802
Brazil3,700,000159,792
South Africa3,400,000147,310
Mozambique2,100,00086,214
Angola1,500,00045,130
Zimbabwe1,400,00035,766
Zambia1,300,00045,907
Central African Republic370,00012,639
Liberia340,0007,378
Lesotho200,0005,244
Eswatini100,0004,376
Equatorial Guinea45,0003,225
United States218,773
Russia75,434
Mexico215,281
Japan2,685
Philippines88,181
Egypt401,930
Vietnam10,720
Iran62,368
Turkey26,610
Germany6,963
Thailand2,020
Tanzania83,408
United Kingdom16,050
France7,280
Italy5,289
Kenya89,951
Myanmar12,594
Colombia51,123
South Korea768
Uganda40,951
Sudan102,183
Spain3,762
Iraq113,591
Algeria78,748
Argentina33,967
Afghanistan83,301
Poland10,083
Canada3,148
Morocco17,539
Ukraine12,947
Saudi Arabia6,676
Uzbekistan9,085
Yemen59,238
Ghana40,141
Peru124,850
Malaysia7,275
Nepal4,874
Madagascar61,853
Ivory Coast53,561
Venezuela8,846
Cameroon67,646
Niger71,605
Australia2,375
Syria6,804
Mali56,123
Burkina Faso50,129
Sri Lanka5,371
Malawi29,413
Kazakhstan30,345
Chile5,454
Romania12,028
Chad37,653
Somalia66,104
Ecuador41,855
Guatemala54,602
Senegal31,048
Netherlands1,151
Cambodia7,089
Guinea27,006
Rwanda10,131
Benin21,781
Burundi17,026
Bolivia76,710
Tunisia8,707
Haiti10,452
Belgium1,347
Dominican Republic4,955
Jordan10,823
South Sudan16,938
Cuba1,503
Honduras11,629
Sweden1,204
Papua New Guinea1,366
Czech Republic4,633
Azerbaijan5,584
Tajikistan16,447
Greece400
Portugal404
Hungary3,590
United Arab Emirates114
Belarus7,687
Israel8,370
Togo517
Sierra Leone14,168
Austria569
Switzerland362
Laos2,323
Nicaragua6,062
Serbia1,355
Libya2,748
Paraguay11,536
Kyrgyzstan7,673
Bulgaria6,333
El Salvador4,037
Singapore103
Denmark402
Slovakia2,330
Finland232
Norway176
New Zealand381
Costa Rica1,276
Lebanon5,411
Ireland393
Mauritania14,442
Oman10,229
Panama4,666
Kuwait1,128
Croatia410
Eritrea5,671
Georgia2,598
Mongolia2,051
Uruguay1,492
Moldova850
Bosnia and Herzegovina195
Gambia5,739
Albania350
Jamaica970
Armenia945
Qatar234
Botswana7,702
Lithuania834
Namibia12,529
Gabon2,931
Slovenia223
North Macedonia370
Latvia432
Trinidad and Tobago448
Bahrain280
Estonia157
Mauritius55
Cyprus25
Djibouti1,242
Fiji759
Comoros1,310
Guyana1,821
Suriname667
Montenegro190
Cape Verde366
Maldives42
Brunei29
Belize295
Bahamas134
Barbados55
Sao Tome and Principe461
Saint Lucia25
Grenada54
Seychelles86
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines108
Antigua and Barbuda31
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Which country has the most orphans?

Several countries have larger than average orphan rates. The countries with the highest rates are Russia, Iran, Colombia, Brazil, Mexico, South Africa, and Peru.

What is the biggest orphanage in the world?

Each country has its own system for dealing with orphans and some are larger than others. However, most orphans live with other family members or foster parents rather than living in an orphanage.

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