The population projections were calculated separately for six base populations:
The populations were defined on the basis of religions as recorded in the population Register. The differentiation between the Arab Christian population and the rest of the Christian population (primarily immigrants from the [former] USSR who are registered as Christians) was based on recorded nationality (Arab) and country of birth (selected Arab countries). In cases where nationality and country of birth were unknown, the distinction was determined by locality of residence (Arab locality or other), and in mixed localities – by statistical region, based on the definition of the majority population.
The base populations are presented in separate tables. In addition, a number of wider populations were calculated, composed of these populations:
Time Span of the Projection
For each of the base populations, assumptions were made with regard to fertility, mortality and migration, on the basis of which the projections for a time span of 25 years were calculated: from the end of 1995 (the base year) to the end of 2020, in five-year intervals. Three variants were calculated: high, medium and low, so termed according to the size of the population obtained in each variant.
The findings are presented in two time periods:
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