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QUICK FACTS:

People groups: 182

Population: 34,385,100

Unreached people groups: 178

UPG population: 32,845,700

Unengaged UPGs: 104

UUPG population: 5,987,100

Number of clusters: 1

Number of countries: 182

 

Overview: The Deaf Peoples affinity bloc encompasses those peoples typically classified as culturally Deaf -- those who are deaf from birth or became so early in life. Estimates of the number of culturally Deaf people in the world range from 18 to 36 million. While they are ethnically diverse, they share a common linguistic bond. Sign language is at the core of their lives. Apart from sign language, they remain isolated from others among whom they live. Much of the cultural identity shared by the Deaf arises from their shared experience of discrimination and much of this discrimination traces to lack of education. In developing countries, most Deaf people do not have access to education. Globally, only about 1-2% of the Deaf receive formal education in sign language. Regardless of their ethnic background, cultural and linguistic factors serve to unite the global Deaf as a unique affinity bloc.

People clusters: Deaf

Countries where they are found: Afghanistan; Albania; Algeria; Angola; Argentina; Armenia; Australia; Austria; Azerbaijan; Bahamas; Bahrain; Bangladesh; Barbados; Belarus; Belgium; Belize; Benin; Bhutan; Bolivia; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Botswana; Brazil; Brunei; Bulgaria; Burkina Faso; Burundi; Cabo Verde; Cambodia; Cameroon; Canada; Central African Republic; Chad; Chile; China; Colombia; Comoros; Congo (Brazzaville); Congo (Kinshasa); Costa Rica; Cote d’Ivoire; Croatia; Cuba; Curacao; Cyprus; Czechia; Denmark; Djibouti; Dominican Republic; Ecuador; Egypt; El Salvador; Equatorial Guinea; Eritrea; Estonia; Ethiopia; Fiji; Finland; France; French Guiana; Gabon; Gambia; Gaza Strip; Georgia; Germany; Ghana; Greece; Guatemala; Guinea; Guinea-Bissau; Guyana; Haiti; Honduras; Hungary; Iceland; India; Indonesia; Iran; Iraq; Ireland; Israel; Italy; Jamaica; Japan; Jordan; Kazakhstan; Kenya; Kosovo; Kuwait; Kyrgyzstan; Laos; Latvia; Lebanon; Lesotho; Liberia; Libya; Lithuania; Luxembourg; Macedonia; Madagascar; Malawi; Malaysia; Maldives; Mali; Malta; Mauritania; Mauritius; Mexico; Moldova; Mongolia; Montenegro; Morocco; Mozambique; Myanmar; Namibia; Nepal; Netherlands; New Zealand; Nicaragua; Niger; Nigeria; North Korea; Norway; Oman; Pakistan; Panama; Papua New Guinea; Paraguay; Peru; Philippines; Poland; Portugal; Qatar; Reunion; Romania; Russia; Rwanda; Saint Lucia; Samoa; Saudi Arabia; Senegal; Serbia; Sierra Leone; Singapore; Slovakia; Slovenia; Solomon Islands; Somalia; South Africa; South Korea; South Sudan; Spain; Sri Lanka; Sudan; Suriname; Swaziland; Sweden; Switzerland; Syria; Taiwan; Tajikistan; Tanzania; Thailand; Timor-Leste; Togo; Trinidad and Tobago; Tunisia; Turkey; Turkmenistan; Uganda; Ukraine; United Arab Emirates; United Kingdom; United States; Uruguay; Uzbekistan; Vanuatu; Venezuela; Vietnam; West Bank; Yemen; Zambia; Zimbabwe


People groups: 182

Population: 34,385,100

Unreached people groups: 178

UPG population: 32,845,700

Unengaged UPGs: 104

UUPG population: 5,987,100

Number of clusters: 1

Number of countries: 182