Jordan’s rural population drops sharply to under 8%

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NEW YORK — A UN policy brief has reported a significant decrease in Jordan's rural population, declining from 48 percent to less than eight percent between 1960 and 2022, Al-Ghad reported.اضافة اعلان

The brief, titled ‘Migration and Climate Change in the Arab Region’ and issued by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UNESCWA), highlighted that the decrease in rural population is attributed to the impacts of climate change such as water scarcity, recurrent droughts, and desertification, coupled with the lack of rural economic opportunities.

The UN indicators align with findings from the Fourth National Communication report, prepared by the Ministry of Environment with support from the UN Development Program. This report revealed that individuals living in rural areas are among the first to suffer from the depletion of natural resources and are disproportionately affected by the crisis compared to other segments of the population.

Furthermore, the report provided an analysis of internal migration rates, highlighting that Aqaba recorded the highest rates of both internal and external migration at 7.6 percent and 19.9 percent, respectively. Additionally, based on current and previous places of residence, Tafilah recorded the highest migration rate at 4.2 percent, while the overall migration rate over a lifetime was 10.1 percent.

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