At the end of the decade there are 10.9 million Palestinians in the world, over half of them living in the Diaspora, a report by the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics released this week stated.
According to the report, growth in the Palestinian territories in 2009 stood at 2.9%.
The credibility of the information published by the Palestinian Authority is unclear, and it has been argued in the past that the PA intentionally exaggerates the number of residents in its territory.
According to the report, there are currently 2.5 million people living in the West Bank, and 1.5 million people living in the Gaza Strip.
Palestinians praying in Gaza (Photo: Reuters)
The report includes Israel's Arabs among the global Palestinian population, adding another 1.25 million people.
Of the Palestinians living abroad, Jordan has the highest rate, with 3.24 million Palestinian residents, making up almost 30% of the global Palestinian population. Some 1.78 million Palestinians live in other Arab countries, and some 618,000 are scattered around the world.
Some 45% of the residents of the Palestinian territories are internal refugees who were removed from their lands. The percentage of refugees in the West Bank stands at 18.8%, and in Gaza – 26.2%, the report said.
The PCBS examined data from 1997 – 2007 in terms of average family size and fertility rates. In 2007, a Palestinian woman had an average of 4.6 children, compared to an average of six children 10 years prior.
The Palestinian family, which included an average of 6.4 souls in 1997, shrunk to 5.8 people per family a decade later.
The crude birth rate in the Palestinian territory dropped from 42.7 births per 1000 population in 1997 to 32.7 in 2009 and the crude death rate in the territories declined from 4.9 deaths per 1000 population in 1997 to 4.3 in 2009.