Overseas residents included in Palestinian count

Yoram Ettinger http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=735532, October 30, 2017

 The Palestinian Authority includes overseas residents in its population count (contrary to international standards):


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Hassan Abu Libdah, former Head, PCBS, News Conference, El Bireh, February 26, 1998:  “We counted 325,000 people living outside of the Palestinian lands for more than one year, who carry Palestinian ID cards and can return at any time.  This number is a minimum, and is not precise because we could not contact all the families living abroad.”

*Louie Shabanah, former Head, PCBS,
“Ne’eman Inst.”, Haifa Technion (June 8, 2005): “Our Health Ministry accounts for less births, because – unlike the PCBS - it excludes overseas births….”

*"Hasan Ilwi, the Palestinian Authority Undersecretary of Interior, pointed out that 5,000-10,000 Palestinian children born abroad are entered in the PA's population register every year. ‘Since 1995, we have registered about 100,000 children born abroad,’ Ilwi said.” Ma'an, Palestinian News Agency, October 29, 2014, http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=735532

World Bank,
Volume 6, p. 25, September 1993: 350,000 gap due to overseas residents (http://bit.ly/1M8SO8X).