From small sheikhdom to over-population

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Geography and politics have strongly influenced Jordan’s demographic history and the Jordanian population is comprised of two components: the original population, who lived in the East Bank before the 1948 War and their descendants, and the Palestinians, who were the residents of the West Bank. Since the mid-1970s, two non-national groups were added to the Jordanian population: foreign workers and their accompanying family members, and since 1991, non-Palestinian refugees. Despite a large number of non-nationals in the Kingdom, the most prominent factor for Jordan’s rapid population growth since its establishment has been the high fertility rate of the national population.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Palgrave Handbook of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9789811391668
ISBN (Print)9789811391651
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2019

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  • Citizens
  • Palestinians
  • Population growth
  • Refugees

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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