Rise in Irish emigration

Published:  29 Sep at 9 AM
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Ireland’s Central Statistics Office has published new figures which reveal that the number of individuals quitting the country has gone up during the past 12 months.

For the 12 months ending April, 46,500 Irish nationals opted to leave the country, a yearly rise of 16 per cent. The number for all nationalities quitting the Emerald Isle climbed to 87,100 from 80,600 the previous year. The figure for foreign nationalities moving from Ireland was 40,600, a rise for the third year in a row.

Meanwhile, the number of individuals immigrating to Ireland fell from 53,300 the previous year to 52,700. The number of Irish males emigrating increased from 24,500 the previous 12 months to 26,000, while the number of females leaving the country went up from 17,500 to 20,600.

However, the number of individuals opting to return to Ireland has risen for the third straight year to 20,600. This figure remains some way below the 30,700 who moved back to their homeland in 2007. Of the people returning to Ireland during the past 12 months, 17,600 arrived from EU countries, 12,400 from countries further afield than the EU and 2,200 from the UK.

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