Palestinians in Jordan

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Palestinians in Jordan
Total population
4,500,000 estimate of Palestinian origin [1]

2,117,361 registered refugees [2]

634,182 who do not hold Jordanian citizenship[3]
Regions with significant populations
Amman, Zarqa, Irbid, Jerash and Balqa governorates
Islam and Christianity

Palestinians in Jordan refers to Jordanian citizens of full or partial Palestinian origin or Jordanian residents of Palestinian citizenship or Palestinian refugee status. It is estimated that 60% of Jordanians are of Palestinian origin.[4]

Most Palestinian ancestors came to Jordan as Palestinian refugees between 1947 and 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.[5] 2.1 million Palestinians are registered as refugees,[6][7][8] not including many Jordanians of Palestinian origin not registered as refugees with the UNRWA.[citation needed] As of 2014, around 370,000 live in ten refugee camps, with the biggest one being Baqa'a refugee camp with over 104,000 residents, followed by Amman New Camp (Wihdat) with over 51,500 residents.[9]

Palestinians are overwhelmingly concentrated in northern and central Jordan, specifically in the Amman Governorate, Zarqa Governorate and Irbid Governorate.[8]

Notable people

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

See also


  • Gandolfo, Luisa (24 December 2012). Palestinians in Jordan: The Politics of Identity. I. B. Tauris. ISBN 978-1-78076-095-7.
  • Massad, Joseph (26 May 2009). "Producing the Palestinian as Other: Jordan and the Palestinians". In Roger Heacock. Temps et espaces en Palestine: Flux et résistances identitaires. Presses de l’Ifpo. ISBN 978-2-35159-212-0; Full text at [1]
  • Sayigh Yusuf, 1984, Al-Urdunn wa-l-Filastiniyyun, Dirasah fi Wihdat al-Masir aw al-Sira’ al-Hatmi (Arabic), London, Riyad El-Rayyis Books


  1. ^ The Economist, May 2014, A kingdom of two halves: “...4.5m Palestinians who live in the kingdom, including the 3.5m who are now Jordanian citizens.”
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  4. ^ Gandolfo 2012, p. Introduction.
  5. ^ "Assessment for Palestinians in Jordan". Minorities at Risk. 2006. Archived from the original on 1 January 2016. Retrieved 24 January 2016.
  6. ^ "Jordan - UNRWA".
  7. ^ "Palestinians at the end of 2012" (PDF). Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics. 2009. Retrieved 11 November 2013.
  8. ^ a b "World Directory of Minorities and Indigenous Peoples - Jordan - Palestinians". Minority Rights Group International. 2008. Retrieved 24 January 2016.
  9. ^ "Where We Work - Jordan". UNRWA. 2014.

External links

  • Progress, challenges, diversity - Insights into the socio-economic conditions of Palestinian refugees in Jordan, 2013 Fafo Foundation report
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