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News : Irish Economy Last Updated: Sep 21, 2010 - 5:27:54 PM

Highest Irish net outward migration since the late 1980s
By Finfacts Team
Sep 21, 2010 - 3:59:37 PM

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Source: CSO

Emigration from Ireland in the twelve months to April 2010 is estimated to have remained broadly constant at 65,300 while the number of immigrants into Ireland fell sharply, from 57,300 to 30,800 over the same period. These combined changes have resulted in an increase in net outward migration from 7,800 in April 2009 to 34,500 in April 2010. This is the highest level of net outward migration since 1989.

The Central Statistics Office (CSO) said today that while the level of overall emigration remained constant, emigration among Irish nationals increased significantly in the year, from 18,400 in April 2009 to 27,700 this year; over the same period emigration of non-Irish nationals fell from 46,800 in April 2009 to 37,600 in April 2010. Nationals of the EU12 States accounted for the bulk of this decline.

The natural increase of the population remains very strong. The number of births was 74,100 in the twelve months to April 2010, while deaths stood at 28,200, resulting in a natural increase of 45,900, or just over 1% of the population. The combined effect of strong natural increase and negative net migration resulted in an overall small increase in the population of 11,400 bringing the population estimate to 4.47 million in April 2010.

The main features of the 2010 figures are:

Of the 65,300 people who emigrated in the year to April 2010, Irish nationals were the largest group accounting for 27,700 or 42%.

The number of immigrants from the EU12 States is estimated at 5,800 in the year to April 2010, representing a continuing decline from the peak of 52,700 in the year ending April 2007.

The estimated number of persons aged 65 years and over now exceeds a half a million for the first time ever.

The overall population increase of 0.3% was unevenly distributed across the regions, with the Mid-East showing the strongest grow at 1.6% and Dublin showing the largest decrease of 0.3%.

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