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CSO analysis suggests many 2008 migrants may have left Ireland

Date Published: 28-01-2015

Only 20% of the 127,048 non-Irish nationals aged 15 and over who were assigned personal public service numbers (PPSNs) in 2008 had employment activity at any time during 2013 ; 18% of the total PPSN allocations from 2008 recorded social welfare activity during 2013. [1]

The figures show:

  • Overall, PPSN allocations to non-Irish nationals across all age groups increased by 17% to 85,170 in 2013 from 72,947 in 2012.
  • During 2013, 28,902 (38%) of non-Irish nationals with new PPSNs had employment activity.
  • Of the 320,246 non-Irish nationals allocated PPSNs between 2002 and 2013, the majority were employed in five broad economic activities:

* Accommodation and food service activities (18%)

* Wholesale and retail trade (16%)

* Administrative and support service activities (13%)

* Manufacturing (11%)

* Human health and social work activities (7%).

  • Of the 85,170 non-Irish nationals allocated a PPSN in 2013 the top 5 nationalities were:

* UK (15%)

* Poland (11%)

* Romania (9%)

* Brazil (7%)

* Spain (6%).

  • During 2013, 22,573 (18%) of 127,048 PPSNs allocated in 2008 recorded social welfare activity, a slight increase compared to 2012 new allocations of 22,307 (17.6%).
  • Referring to 2008 allocations the nationality group with the largest percentage showing social welfare activity in 2013 was the EU15 to EU25 states with 11,224  (22%) of the 50,341 allocations.

 For more information:

See CSO publication release

See chart and data table

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[1] Analysis of records of the Revenue Commissioners, the Department of Social Protection, and the Central Statistics Office (CSO)

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