From Small Sheikhdom to Over-Population

  • Onn WincklerEmail author


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.


Palestinians Refugees Citizens Population growth 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Middle Eastern and Islamic StudiesUniversity of HaifaHaifaIsrael

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