Palestinians in Jordan

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Palestinians in Jordan
Total population
3,240,000
50-60% of Jordan's population[1]
Regions with significant populations
Amman, Zarqa, Irbid, Jerash and Balqa governorates
Languages
Arabic
Religion
Islam and Christianity

Palestinians in Jordan refers to people with Palestinian citizenship of Palestinian refugee status living in Jordan or sometimes all those of full or partial Palestinian ancestry living in Jordan. Most Palestinian ancestors came to Jordan as Palestinian refugees between 1947 to 1967. Today, most Palestinians and their descendants in Jordan are fully naturalized, making Jordan the only Arab country to fully integrate the Palestinian refugees of 1948.

In Jordan, there is no official census data for how many inhabitants are Palestinians and it rather depends on the definition of who is a Palestinian. Some estimate the Palestinians to constitute more than half of the Jordanian population,[2][3] which in 2008 amounted to about 3 million.[3] Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics put their number at 3.24 million in 2009.[4] There are more than two million registered Palestinian refugees in Jordan as of January 2012.[5]

Palestinians are overwhelmingly concentrated in northern and central Jordan, specifically in the Amman Governorate, Zarqa Governorate and Irbid Governorate.[3] They face discrimination in the government and other sections of society.[3]

Notable people[edit]

This is a list of Palestinian people in Jordan and people of Palestinian ancestry:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Palestinian Refugees in Jordan" (PDF). Forced Migration Online. 
  2. ^ "Assessment for Palestinians in Jordan". Minorities at Risk. 2006. Retrieved 22 December 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d "World Directory of Minorities and Indigenous Peoples - Jordan". Minority Rights Group International. 2008. Retrieved 22 December 2013. 
  4. ^ "Palestinians at the end of 2012". Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics. 2009. Retrieved 22 December 2013. 
  5. ^ "Where We Work - Jordan". UNRWA. 2012. Retrieved 22 December 2013.