About This Statistic
This statistic shows the 20 countries with the highest population decline rate in 2016. In the Cook Islands, the population decreased by about 2.88 percent compared to the previous year, making it the country with the highest population decline rate in 2016.
The population decline of Syria
Due to the conflicts and instability in Syria in 2014, thousands of people have fled have fled the country to cross into surrounding countries such as Turkey. The exact total population of Syria is difficult to determine due to the fact that is composed of refugees from many countries such as Iraq, Armenia and the Palestine region. Although there was a positive population growth in Syria in 2013, its population growth has steadily declined since 2007), making Syria the country in the world with the highest population decline rate in 2014 in comparison to 2013, followed by the Cook Islands and Moldova.
The constant war which surrounds Syria is a direct cause to the steep decline of population and its living standards. In 2014, civilian casualties accounted for the majority of all deaths in the stricken country; at the same time, life expectancy at birth in Syria has seen a steady decline since 2007 which results in a lower population figures. Currently, Syria leads the ranking of countries with the highest population decline rate far ahead of all other ranked nations.