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Atlas of Jordan

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Myriam Ababsa

Chapter six - Jordan’s Population and Demographic Trends

Introduction to Chapter six

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Jordan’s population is undergoing major changes in its demography and its family structure. The country started its demographic transition in the sixties, and has maintained a high fertility rate with 3.6 children per woman in 2007, while the rates in Lebanon and Turkey fell to 1.9 and 2.2. This high fertility rate is even more surprising considering that 90 % of women are educated and 80 % of the population lives in urban areas, as shown by the study of urbanization and population distribution.

The Jordanian social model is urban and poor (nearly a quarter of households) and both Transjordanians and Jordanians of Palestinian origin continue to arrange marriages within extended families. In this respect Jordan differs little from its neighbouring countries (the Palestinian Territories, Syria and Saudi Arabia) (de Bel Air 2003). The marriage age is rising both for men and women, particularly because of the prohibitive cost of dowries. More and more women over the age of 30 remain sing...

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