Egypt Independent

Egypt’s divorce rate at its highest in two decades: CAPMAS

Egypt witnessed its highest divorce rate in two decades during 2015, the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) said on Wednesday.

The rate reached 2.2 cases per 1,000 people in 2015, which represents an 83 percent rise compared to the beginning of the period 1996-2015, according to CAPMAS.

Divorce was more common in urban areas than in rural areas during the 1996-2015 period, with urban areas showing a rise of approximately 50 percent over that time.

In urban areas, there were three cases per 1,000 people in 2015, compared to 1.7 cases per 1,000 in rural areas.

For males, the highest rate for divorce was in the age group 20-34 during the period 1996-2005, making up 49.7 percent of all cases.

The lowest rate for males was among the under-20 years category, representing just 0.4 percent of cases.

Among females, the age group 20-34 showed the highest divorce rate, making up 60.7 percent of cases.

However, CAPMAS said there are almost no divorces recorded among couples who have university degrees, according to the current data.