Fertility rates in Jerusalem declining among Arabs, rising among Jews in recent years
- Arab birth rate on decline in Jerusalem
By Nadav Shragai HaaretzLast update - 07:47 01/06/2008
Fertility rates in Jerusalem have been declining among Arabs and rising
among Jews in recent years, according to statistics the Jerusalem Institute
for Israel Studies issued to mark Jerusalem Day, today.
Among Arabs the rate has dropped to 4 children in 2006, from 4.3 in 2000,
and among Jews it has risen to 3.9 children in 2006 from 3.7 in 2000.
However, the ratio of Jews and Arabs hasn't changed - 66 percent Jews
(489,480) and 34 percent Arabs (256,820) totaling 746,300 at the end of
The negative migration balance in Jerusalem continued last year as 18,750
residents (most of them Jews) left the city and only 12,360 came to live
Some 284,850 people moved away from Jerusalem during 1990-2007 and some
174,560 moved in, marking a negative migration of 110,200.
In the first decade after the city's unification (1967-1977) 6 percent of
those leaving Jerusalem moved to its metropolitan area in the Jerusalem
district and the West Bank. The number of people moving from the capital
into the metropolitan area rose to 32 percent during the second decade, to
45 percent in the third decade and has reached 51 percent in the past
In 2006 poor Jewish families made up 21 percent of the population and poor
Arab families made up 67 percent of the city's population. The number of
people below the poverty line was 28 percent among the Jews and 68 percent
among the Arabs. The rato of poor children below the poverty line was 39
percent among the Jews and 77 percent among the Arabs.
The work force participation in Jerusalem in 2007 was 45 percent compared to
56 percent in Israel.