Palestinian girl at UNRWA school 311 Reu.
(photo credit: Ali Hashisho / Reuters)
By the end of 2020, the number of Palestinians in Israel and the Palestinian
territories could total 7.2 million compared to 6.8 million Jews, according to
information the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics published on
According to the report, the number of Palestinians and Jews in" historical Palestine" (between the Jordan River and Mediterranean Sea) will
total about 6.3 million each by the end of 2015, provided current growth rates
remain the same.
The projected number of Palestinians worldwide is 11
million, of whom 4.2 million are living in the Palestinian territories, the
The figure for the Palestinian territories includes 1.3
million Arabs living inside Israel, 4.9 million in Arab countries and around
630,000 in other countries, the bureau said.
By the end of 2011, there
were 2.6 million Palestinians living in the West Bank and 1.6 million in the
Gaza Strip, according to the bureau's report.
It said that of every 100
people in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, about 44 are refugees: 42 per 100 in the
West Bank and 58 per 100 in the Gaza Strip.
The Palestinian bureau said
that the total fertility rate declined in 2010 to 4.2 births compared with six
births in 1997. The rate in the Gaza Strip in 2010 was 4.9 births, compared to
3.6 births in the West Bank.
In Jordan, the bureau found, the total
fertility rate for Palestinians is very high: 3.6 births compared to 2.5 in
Syria and 3.2 in Lebanon.