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13 Mn Palestinians Around the World...One Third Poor

13 Mn Palestinians Around the World...One Third Poor

Thursday, 11 July, 2019 - 13:00
Ramallah- Asharq Al-Awsat
There are about 13 million Palestinians in the world, out of whom about five million are in the State of Palestine, said the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) in a bulletin.

Among these five million, 2.53 million are males and 2.45 million are females, PCBS explained.

These figures are based on estimates prepared by the PCBS, marking International Population Day, which is today (Thursday).

The estimated population of the West Bank according to statistics are 2.99 million of which 1.53 million are males and 1.46 million are females, while the estimated population of Gaza Strip is 1.99 million of which 1.01 million are males and 980,000 are females.

The relative poverty line and the deep poverty line according to consumption patterns (for reference household consisted of two adults and three children) in 2017 were 2,470 Israeli Shekels ($671), and 1,974 shekels ($536) respectively.

The poverty percentage among Palestinian individuals according to consumption patterns was 29 percent (14 percent in the West Bank, and 53 percent in Gaza Strip).

Data revealed that 17 percent of the individuals in Palestine suffered from deep poverty in 2017, according to consumption patterns (six percent in the West Bank, and 34 percent in Gaza Strip).

The percentage of individuals aged 0 to 14 years constituted 38 percent of the total population by mid-2019, of which 36 percent are in the West Bank and 42 percent in Gaza Strip.

The elderly population aged 65 years and above constituted three percent of the total population, of which four percent are in the West Bank and three percent are in Gaza Strip by mid-2019.

The population density in the occupied country is generally high at 826 persons per square kilometer, particularly in Gaza Strip, where it is 5,453 persons/km2 compared to a lower population density in the West Bank of 528 persons/km2 in mid-2019.

Population projections revealed that crude birth rate in Palestine was 30.2 births per 1,000 of the population in 2019.

Results for the West Bank were 27.7 births compared to 33.9 births per 1,000 of the population in Gaza Strip.

The estimated crude death rate, however, was 3.7 deaths per 1000 of the population, and in the West Bank 3.9 deaths per 1,000 of the population compared to 3.5 deaths per 1,000 of the population in Gaza Strip.

Results also showed that 11 percent of the households were headed by females in Palestine (12 percent in the West Bank and nine percent in Gaza Strip).

The illiteracy rate among individuals (15 years and above) was three percent while illiteracy gap was significantly noticed among males and females at one and four percent respectively.

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