Decline in the proportion of Christians in Jordan to 3%

Amman, April 3, 2012

Amman, church and mosque
Amman, church and mosque
The head of the Royal Institute for Interfaith Studies Kamel Abu Jaber recently pointed out a decline in the number of Christians in Jordan by about 3%.

Abu Jaber, told United Press International on Monday that "the figures from the Catholic Church in Jordan, stressed that the number of Christians in the Kingdom fell to 3% of the total population of about 6 million people, reaching up to 250 thousand"

He pointed to the decline in the number of Christians in Jordan from 12% of the total population in 1956 to less than 4% at the moment.

He attributed the reasons for the decline of Christians in Jordan to several factors, including those linked to social and economic conditions, political and cultural characteristics and professional, in addition to immigration and the attractiveness of the countries that have migrated to it.

Christians in Jordan mainly located in north and south of the country, especially in the cities of Madaba, Ajloun, Fuheis and Mahis and Karak, Irbid, Zarqa and Amman, and they are represented in the parliament with 9 seats out of 110, as they are representatives of the government and the various organs of the state.

The estimated number of Christians in Jordan, about 220 thousand, or 3% of the total population, taking into account the migration of Palestinians to Jordan after the 1948 and 1967 in the composition of Christian denominations.

Abu Jaber said, " Jordanian Christians were never exposed one day to violence, but have lived in peace with their fellow Muslims, social and political life and national ordinary".

Abu Jaber noted "the number of Christians in Jordan from 12% of the total population in 1956 to less than 4% at present."


3 апреля 2012 г.

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