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Census 2011 shows increase in non-Irish nationals residing in Ireland

Date Published: 01-05-2012

In 2011 non-Irish nationals made up 11.9% of the population in Ireland. The number of non-Irish nationals living in Ireland increased by 124,624 (29.7%) to 544,347 between 2006 and 2011.

Net immigration has contributed to population growth with a large inward migration from both Irish nationals returning home (19,593 in the year to April 2011) and non-Irish nationals arriving in Ireland (33,674 in the year to April 2011).

Some key findings:-

  • The number of Irish residents born outside Ireland increased by 25% to 766,770
  • Polish nationals were the largest (122,585 or 2.7%) non-Irish group residing in Ireland with UK nationals accounting for the second largest group (122,259 or 2.5%)
  • The fastest growing non-Irish nationalities were Romanian (up 110%); Indian (up 91%), Polish (up 83%), Latvian (up 43%) and Lithuanian (up 40%)

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