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42.5% of all Palestinian residents are refugees

Headline: “For World Refugee Day: The [Palestinian Central] Bureau of Statistics: ‘43% of all of the residents of Palestine are refugees’” “The [Palestinian] Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) published that the statistics for 2017 indicate that the percentage of residents who are refugees has reached 42.5% of all of the Palestinian residents living in the State of Palestine. Of the West Bank residents 26.6% are refugees, while the percentage of refugees in the Gaza Strip stands at 66.2%. For World Refugee Day that took place yesterday [June 20, 2018], PCBS explained in a report that the events of ‘Palestine’s Nakba’ (i.e., “the catastrophe,” the Palestinian term for the establishment of the State of Israel) and the expulsion that followed it constituted a grave catastrophe for the Palestinian people, because it constituted and still constitutes ethnic cleansing in which an entire people was destroyed and expelled, and groups and people from different places in the world were settled in their place. As part of this, more than 800,000 of the 1.4 million Palestinians who lived in historical Palestine in 1948 in 1,300 Palestinian villages and cities were expelled. PCBS also published a number of official assessments regarding the number of Palestinian refugees on the eve of the 1948 war (i.e., the Israeli War of Independence) from various sources. However the UN has two assessments, the first of which indicates that the number of Palestinian refugees stands at approximately 726,000 refugees based on assessments from 1949, while the second assessment is that their number stands at 957,000 refugees based on assessments from 1950. Below are the most prominent things that came up in the report:
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• 5.9 million refugees are registered with the [UN] aid agency…
• Approximately 39% of the refugees in 2017 were poor…
• The rate of unemployment among the refugees is high”