Palestinians in historical Palestine will outnumber Jewish Israelis by the year 2020, according to a new publication by the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics.The number of Palestinians in historical Palestine totaled 6.08 million at the end of 2014. There were 6.10 million Jewish Israelis at the end of 2013, according to estimates by the Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics, and this number is expected to reach 6.21 million by the end of 2014. The number of Palestinians and Jewish Israelis will total about 6.42 million each by the end of 2016, provided that current growth rates remain constant. However, the number of Palestinians in historical Palestine will total 7.14 million compared to 6.87 million Jewish Israelis by the end of 2020.
Currently the projected number of Palestinians in the world is 12.10 million, of whom 4.62 million are in the State of Palestine, 1.46 million in Israel, 5.34 million in Arab countries and around 675 thousand in other states.
Of those living in Palestine, some 2.8 million reside in the West Bank and 1.8 million in the Gaza Strip. Palestinian refugees make up 43 percent of the Palestinian population in Palestine: almost 39 percent of them in the West Bank and 61 percent in Gaza.
— The IMEMC notes that, according to UN statistics, Palestinians now make up the largest refugee population in the entire world.
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