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Population and Migration Estimates released by CSO show increase in net outward migration

Date Published: 27-09-2012

The new Population and Migration Estimates released by the Central Statistics Office show that emigration is estimated to have reached 87,100 in the year to April 2012, an increase from 80,600 in the year to April 2011. The number of immigrants coming to Ireland has decreased slightly year on year to 52,700 from 53,300.

The figures (which include revisions based on Census 2011 data) show:

  • Net outward migration among Irish nationals continued to increase from 22,400 to 25,900 over the 12 months to April 2012 (up 16 per cent)
  • Net outward migration among non-Irish persons also increased from 5,000 to 8,400 over the same period (up 68 per cent)
  • Irish nationals were the largest constituent group amongst emigrants accounting for 46,500 or 53% of the 87,100 people who emigrated
  • The natural increase of the population, although down slightly on last year, continues to be strong (44,900 in year to April 2012). This combined with negative net migration resulted in a relatively small increase in the overall population of 10,500 bringing the population estimate to 4.59 million in April 2012.

For more information:

See CSO release on Population and Migration Estimates

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