Just the Facts: Palestinian Refugees
Understanding Palestinian Refugees: Just the Facts…
- At least 8.7 of 13.05 million (66.7%) Palestinians worldwide are forcibly displaced persons.
- Among them are at least 7.94 million Palestinian refugees; the rest are internally displaced persons (IDPs).
- During the Nakba 6.71 million Palestinian were made refugees.
- The number of Palestinian refugees originating from the 1967 War is estimated to be 1.24 million refugees.
- Approximately 415,876 current IDPs are a result of the 1948 Nakba.
- Approximately 344,599 Palestinians have been made IDPs in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) since 1967 as a result of Israel’s regime of colonization, annexation, and apartheid.
- In 1948, an estimated 65% of Palestinian refugees remained in the territory of Palestine which was not under Israeli control at the time – i.e., the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
- The remaining 35% found refuge in neighboring states, mainly Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and Egypt.
- The majority of Palestinians displaced from the oPt during the 1967 War found refuge in neighboring states; 95% to Jordan.
- UNRWA estimates that half of the refugees forced out of the oPt in 1967 were also refugees from 1948.
- Most refugees still live within 100km of the borders of Mandatory Palestine where their homes of origin are located.
- The conflict in Syria has internally displaced more than half of the 560,000 registered Palestinian refugees in the country since 2011.
This week’s Just the Facts comes from:
These facts are drawn from Badil’s“Q and A: What you need to know about PalestinianRefugees and Internally Displaced Persons”. It is available as a PDF here.
To learn more, in addition to reading BADIL’s pamphlet, you can also look at Visualizing Palestine’s visual. To go deeper, we are developing an extensive list of Additional Resources at the bottom of this week’s entry as well as a YouTube playlist on the subject.