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In 2010 there were 32.4m foreigners living in the EU27 (6.5% of the total population). 12.3m were EU27 nationals living in another Member State and 20.1m were from a non-EU country

Date Published: 14-04-2011

Latest figures show:-

  • Within the EU27 Ireland had the third highest percentage of other EU27 citizens in the population: 7.1% of the population were from another EU State, compared to an EU average of 2.5%
  • 1.5% of Ireland’s population was from outside the EU, compared to an EU average of 4%
  • Data mainly from 2009 showed that Ireland had the highest fertility rate in the EU at 2.07. The most recent EU average fertility rate, based on 2008 data, was 1.6, up from 1.47 in 2003

The third Demography Report, published jointly by Eurostat and the Directorate General Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion aims to provide the facts and figures needed for an informed debate on demographic challenges. Overall the European Union population (of approximately half a billion) is getting older, fertility has begun to increase again, life expectancy continues to grow and the EU continues to attract a large number of immigrants.

For more information:

See Eurostat Release (1 April 2011)

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