Palestinians in Jordan

Palestinians in Jordan refers mainly to those with Palestinian refugee status currently residing there. Sometimes the definition includes Jordanian citizens with full Palestinian origin.

Palestinians in Jordan
Total population
2,117,361 registered refugees [1]
634,182 refugees who do not hold Jordanian citizenship[2]
Regions with significant populations
Amman, Zarqa, Irbid, Jerash and Balqa governorates
Islam and Christianity

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.[3] 2.1 million Palestinians are registered as refugees,[4][5][6] 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.[7]

Palestinians are overwhelmingly concentrated in northern and central Jordan, specifically in the Amman Governorate, Zarqa Governorate and Irbid Governorate.[6]

Notable peopleEdit

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

See alsoEdit


  • 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 (ed.). 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


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