Jordan's struggle with population imbalance

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AMMAN — The Higher Population Council (HPC) revealed recently a demographic fact sheet, showing that the population in Jordan has reached 11.5 million this December, with at least one-third lacking citizenship. Six million people have been added in the past 19 years, as reported by Al-Mamlaka TV.اضافة اعلان

The registered births from 2010 to 2022 totaled around 2.68 million, averaging about 200,000 births annually. The complete fertility rate for Jordanian women aged 40-49 is 3.7 children, while Syrian women have higher rates, emphasizing the need for balanced family planning.

The Higher Population Council labeled Jordan as "unbalanced and detrimental". Only 8 percent reside in the southern half, contrasting with 92 percent in the northern half. This imbalance poses environmental, economic, and financial challenges.

The demographic age structure of Jordan leans towards the youth, with 34.4 percent below 15 years old. Economic participation rates are low, with a 22.8 percent unemployment rate. The Council highlights the need for modern family planning methods and addresses challenges in employment, education, and housing.

The Council also notes the impact of the youthful population on various aspects, including rapid increases in households, water demand, and the number entering the workforce and education. The population's median age is 22.4 years.

Furthermore, life expectancy is around 73.3 years, with a slight difference between genders. The Council highlights the natural gender ratio at birth, and the infant mortality rate is 14 deaths per thousand live births. Maternal mortality stands at 85.2 deaths per 100,000 live births.

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