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Mail Order Bride Statistics You Should Know

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Mail-order brides, as the most popular marriage option among women, are attracting more and more attention from men looking for brides. Now it has become a very common trend in China, especially among young people and bachelors.

There have been studies conducted on China’s mail-order brides. To make sure the information is accurate, some experts from the “Women’s Development Center” of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences have done some research. In this review, we will bring you some statistics about mail-order brides you need to know.

Top 10 Facts About Mail-Order Brides You Should Know

In the following, we have brought you some statistics about mail-order brides you need to know:

  1. In the first half of the 1990s, there were a lot of online dating services for men, where women were able to register online and select a man. This has caused the number of mail-order brides to increase sharply;
  2. The ratio of brides is increasing at a speed of about 10 percent per year, and in 1996, the ratio reached a record high;
  3. Since 1996, there has been a new trend of “online wedding”, which means that an unmarried man will register on some website, to which a group of women from all over the world register. Many men get married to these women via this kind of online wedding;
  4. While this trend is very common in China, it also occurs in North America and Europe, especially among Ukrainian brides. In the US alone, in 2010 about 25% of all marriages were registered;
  5. In 2010, about 20,000 mail-order brides got married to Chinese men in the U.S., and the number was even higher in Canada;
  6. A bride from a non-EU member state (outside of the EU) could marry a Chinese man with only a Chinese Visa, no visa is required for Chinese brides who marry a non-EU man;
  7. Women who come to China for marriage have different standards for marriage. They are mostly from countries such as the U.S., and a few European countries. They believe in a simple marriage that is based on common interests;
  8. Statistics show that about 60% of Chinese mail-order brides had to get divorced, and it is very challenging for them to do so there;
  9. There is so many “scam” mail-order bride services that women are often in great anxiety before marrying a man;
  10. Some men have to pay a lot of money for shipping a bride, and the woman is not even their bride. If a woman gets married to a man from a distance, and later finds he has deceived her, she would be angry, and even take legal action against him.

Where Are the Most Mail-Order Brides From?

Approximately 80% of mail-order brides (MOBs) are from Asia, primarily India. In addition, many such single girls are from Eastern European countries, and most of them are seeking international hubbies through  AmourFactory. In order to avoid the “online wedding” trend, the “Women’s Development Center” of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences has started a service for women in many provinces, where a woman has to be a college graduate in order to get the “Bride Visa.” These “Bride Visa” girls are only in the capitals or major cities. Many of them have been married abroad, and only their families are left in China. They are usually women who are in need of their spouses to help them in their studies.

Another reason for the sudden increase in mail-order brides is that young, unmarried women in China often lack family support because the development of China’s economy is very good and the number of young, unmarried women is high.

Data That Will Help You Understand the Culture of These Relationships

The statistics below will help you understand the culture of these relationships and how they relate to you and your future.

The Average Age of Women 

The women’s numbers do vary, but on average, about 2 out of 3 are over 30. This makes sense since they’ve been using online resources to meet men or women to be in relationships with for a number of years.

On the other hand, a very large number of the couples are younger than the average, which seems to be a factor that most mail-order couples decide to go through the process for. If you are reading this, and you are thinking of going through the mail-order bride process, you should know that if you are not over 30, the practice is probably not the right thing for you.

They Are More Likely to Have Had Previous Relationships

The percentage of MOB brides who have been in a relationship prior to their marriages is approximately 83%, and the average relationship duration is about 1.7 years. On the other hand, the percentage of women who use mail-order brides is higher than that of men, and a slightly higher percentage of men use mail-order marriages (79%).

The Most Frequently Used Method of Communication

While there are quite a number of ways to communicate with mail-order brides, they are mostly in love with email, since it allows them to communicate with a man or woman in real time without seeing one another in person.

The other most frequently used ways to communicate are chatrooms, chat rooms, forums, and the Internet. The use of video chat and Zoom is becoming very popular among mail-order brides, and some even use Zoom to video call their man or woman.

Mail Order Brides Are More Likely to Not See Each Other After the First Meeting

The average number of days a mail-order couple stays in touch is around 3.7, and after this period, the majority of them go their separate ways and, possibly, never see one another again.

Most mail-order brides also prefer a longer than normal distance for their relationship because they prefer to get to know each other on a more emotional and meaningful level.

They Are More Likely to Become Parents Through the Mail Order Method

The average number of children created through marriages is about 3 and there are more than 2,000,000 children with mail-order marriages. The fact that mail-order marriages are more stable than traditional marriages is more than obvious. The fact that these marriages involve more communication and, therefore, less sexual frustration, means that there are more children created in mail-order marriages.

They Are More Likely to Have a Strong Work Ethic

This could be one of the reasons why the average length of time between each child in mail-order marriages is about 2.9 years. The average work hours of a mail-order bride are about 44.6 hours, while the average for men who use mail-order brides is 46.4 hours.

Why Do Women Become Mail-Order Brides?

Some women choose “international men” because they have never had a relationship with a man, while some women choose a man for his wealth. In reality, in China, there is still a lack of man-to-man communication among unmarried couples. Therefore, men who use the mail-order bride service are often the wealthiest men who have a successful business in China.

Some women choose “international men” because they have never had a relationship with a man, while some women choose a man for his wealth. In reality, in China, there is still a lack of man-to-man communication among unmarried couples. Therefore, men who use the mail-order bride service are often the wealthiest men who have a successful business in China.

What Are the Risks of International Marriage?

Although the statistics are very high, many men still prefer to marry a girl who is foreign, so that they can get to know each other and understand each other, which can lead to better results.

After marriage, mail-order brides usually find that Chinese men are not as open-minded as they expected them to be. Also, the difference in living standards in different countries makes it hard to maintain a long relationship.

Most mail-order brides who come from India, Thailand, or the Philippines are usually college graduates. However, the problem is that many of them are not able to speak Mandarin, so it is very difficult for them to find work.

When they come to China, they should make sure that they know how to communicate with Chinese men. They should prepare themselves for a short-term marriage because the length of marriage in China is often short. After a short time in China, they usually return to their home country.

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Christopher Stern
Christopher Stern is a Washington-based reporter. Chris spent many years covering tech policy as a business reporter for renowned publications. He has extensive experience covering Congress, the Federal Communications Commission, and the Federal Trade Commissions. He is a graduate of Middlebury College. Email:[email protected]

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