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New Population and Migration Estimates released by CSO

Date Published: 15-09-2011

New Population and Migration Estimates released by the Central Statistics Office indicate that emigration among Irish nationals continued to increase from 27,700 to 40,200 over the 12 months to April 2011, while emigration among non-Irish persons nearly halved from 20,200 to 11,000.

The figures show:

  • Overall emigration is estimated to have reached 76,400 in the year to April 2011, an increase of 11,100 (or 16.9 per cent) on the 65,300 recorded in the year to April 2010.
  • The number of immigrants also increased over the same 12 month period from 30,800 to 42,300.
  • Irish nationals were the largest constituent group amongst emigrants (almost 53%) followed by EU12 nationals who accounted for just under 20% of the emigrant population.
  • Overall net outward migration remained broadly constant with the previous twelve month period (34,100 and 34,500 respectively) net outward migration among Irish nationals increased from 14,400 in April 2010 to 23,100 in April 2011.
  • The natural increase of the population continues to be very strong with the result that negative net migration resulted in a relatively small increase in the overall population of 13,600 bringing the population estimate to 4.48* million in April 2011.

*Note: The Preliminary population estimate from the 2011 Census was 4.58 million, a difference of 97,000 persons with these estimates. The CSO has indicated it will publish revised population estimates for the years 2007 to 2011 (i.e. the period over which this differential arose) next year once a thorough analysis at a detailed level of the differences with the final Census results has been completed.

For more information:

See CSO release on Population and Migration Estimates

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