Net emigration by Irish nationals in the period
May 2009-April 2014, amounted to 124,000, according to estimates issued by the
CSO on Tuesday.
In the period May 2013-April 2014, during 12
months of mainly jobs growth, 41,000 emigrated and 12,000 returned, giving a net
loss of 29,200 compared with 35,200 in the previous year.
The CSO said that net outward migration in the
year to April 2014 is estimated to have fallen to 21,400, a dip of 11,700 on the
previous year’s figure of 33,100. Emigration from Ireland in the twelve months
to April 2014 is estimated to have fallen to 81,900 (from 89,000 in the year to
April 2013), while the number of immigrants is estimated to have increased from
55,900 to 60,600 over the same period.
Net inward migration among non-Irish nationals
grew for the second year in a row, from 2,100 to 7,900.
Only 12,300, or one in six, of the 81,900
people who emigrated was unemployed and the rest comprised 28,900 who quit jobs
to move abroad and the 29,000 who were students immediately prior to their
The number of new graduates leaving was higher than at any time in the
previous six years, and almost half (47%) of everyone
who left had a third-level education.
The CSO said that the number of births in the
period was 67,700 while the number of deaths was 29,800, resulting in a natural
increase of the population of 37,900.
The combined effect of natural increase and
negative net migration resulted in an overall increase in the population of
16,500 bringing the population estimate to 4.61m in April 2014.