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September 13, 2016 10:17 am

Muslim Birthrate in Israel Declining, Newly Released Data Reveals

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Jerusalem's Muslim quarter. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Jerusalem’s Muslim quarter. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

JNS.org – The Muslim birthrate in Israel has declined, according to recently published Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) data, Israel National News reported.

Israel’s Muslim community, which accounts for under a quarter of the state’s overall population, grew at a rate of 2.4 percent in 2015, marking a nearly 1.5% drop in the growth rate since 2000.

The decreased Muslim fertility rate is partly responsible for the change, with Muslim women having an average of 3.3 children in 2015 compared to 4.7 children in 2000.

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According to the data, Jerusalem has the largest number of Muslim residents at 311,000, representing 20.9% of the country’s total Muslim population.

The CBS report also included statistical information on the Israeli Muslim population’s unemployment and education.

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