orea still main source of adoptions in A
- orea still main source of adoptions in America
<br> <br> Korea's ignominious position as the number
one country in sending orphans overseas<br> for
adoption remained unchanged in U.S. immigration
authorities' statistics for<br> 1980-1998, officials said
yesterday. <br><br> Based on the data from the U.S.
Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), the<br>
analysis showed that there were 163,949 orphan immigrants
during this period.<br> Orphans from Korea accounted for
36.8 percent of the total with 60,326, indicating
one<br> out of every three orphan immigrants were Korean.
<br><br> With the exception of 1991, Korea retained its
place in yearly orphan adoptions from<br> 1980 to 1994.
In particular, the number of Korean orphans in the
United States in 1986<br> reached 6,138, or more than 60
percent of the total 9,945 for the year. <br><br> The
percentage of adoptees among all Korean immigrants was also
well above other<br> countries, the analysis showed.
<br><br> Out of the 503,695 Koreans who moved to the
United States permanently, 12.7<br> percent of them were
adopted children. <br><br> This is nearly 10 times more
than the percentage of adopted orphans (163,949)
among<br> all U.S. immigrants (12,785,374), which is 1.3
percent. <br><br> The same analysis showed that the rate
of Korean adopted orphans started to<br> decrease
considerably from 5 to 6 years ago. <br><br> In 1995, only
16.7 percent of all Koreans immigrating to the U.S.
were adopted<br> orphans, while Korea fell from first
place in a national adoption ranking for the first
time<br> since 1980. <br><br> Instead, China and Russia
ranked first and second, respectively, in sending
children<br> overseas for adoption, followed by Korea.
<br><br> Koreans' intolerance regarding adoption, with
many of them thinking that one's family<br> should be
of the same blood, as well as parents shunning
adopting children with<br> disabilities, are part of the
causes for Korea being called the nation of 'orphan
exports,'<br> experts said. <br><br>
(angiely@...) <br><br> By Lee Joo-hee Staff
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