Jordan's population reaches 11.4 million

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AMMAN — Jordan's population has reached 11.4 million people, according to Issa Masarwa, the secretary-general of the Higher Population Council. اضافة اعلان

The country has experienced a significant population boom, particularly among children, with 2.5 million births recorded since 2010.

This surge has been further exacerbated by the arrival of Syrian refugees over the past decade.

Traditional family planning methods prove ineffective
Masarwa highlighted that despite a desire for smaller families, people often resort to traditional methods of family planning that are not always effective. Citing a recent survey, he said that 28 percent of individuals continue to rely on these methods.

 In response to this trend, Masarwa called for the enhancement of family planning programs, the dissemination of awareness campaigns, and the provision of guidance at health centers and child vaccination clinics.

Imposing limits on childbearing ruled out
Masarwa also dismissed the idea of imposing laws to restrict childbearing, asserting that such measures are not permissible. He emphasized that it is the right of couples to decide the number of children they wish to have and fulfill their desires in this regard.

Jordan conducted its inaugural population census in 1963, which reported a population of 1 million at that time.

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