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The future of Israel’s haredi population: Is it growing or shrinking?

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Posted: Tuesday, June 5, 2018 9:18 am

If there is any other contentious issue in Israel that does not deal with politics or the Palestinians, it is the internal demographic issue and concern by some that the haredi sector will grow to more than half the total Jewish population of Israel in just a few short decades—with all the ramifications that entails.

While the Central Bureau of Statistics estimates that the haredi population will grow to be 50 percent of the total Jewish population by 2059, a new report by the Israel Democracy Institute (IDI) actually shows that between 2005 and 2016, there was a decrease in childbirth of exactly one child per haredi family, from 7.7 children per woman to 6.7 children per woman.

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