89,000 left Ireland in a year

September 2, 2013

Did you know?, International

89,000 left Ireland in year to April 2013, 6 percent left for United States
Government admits “an unacceptable level” as emigrant leaves every six minutes

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By Jane Walsh

A person emigrates from Ireland every six minutes according to new figures released by the Central Statistics Office.

That figures show 240 people a day, the equivalent of ten people an hour, or one every six minutes leave.

The government admitted the numbers were at crisis point with a spokesman saying that emigration was “at an unacceptable level”

Deputy Leader Eamon Gilmore admitted he was deeply concerned.

“One of the things that we are trying to do is to ensure that we create employment and attract investment so that as many of those people as possible will have an opportunity of coming back and working in this country,” he said.

The Central Statistics Office reports that “among Irish nationals, net outward migration is estimated to have increased significantly” with the majority of Irish moving to the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia, Canada and the United States.

Their statistics show that 24.6 percent (21,900) emigrated to the United Kingdom, 17.2 percent (15,400) went to Australia while, according to their graphs, 6.2 percent emigrated to the United States. One third of these emigrants are aged between 15 and 24.

The figures show that the gap between those leaving and coming back rose by one third in the year to April 2013.

The number of people moving to Ireland to live dropped by almost 4,000, to 15,700, on the previous year. Most of these are foreign nationals coming to find work.

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Ireland Population

Ireland Population

Total emigration from Ireland in the year to April 2013 is estimated to have reached 89,000, an increase of 2.2 per cent on the 87,100 recorded in the previous year. The number of immigrants also increased over the same 12 month period from 52,700 to 55,900 (or 6.0 per cent).

This has resulted in total net outward migration remaining broadly constant with the previous twelve month period (33,100 compared with 34,400 respectively). However, among Irish nationals, net outward migration is estimated to have increased significantly, rising from 25,900 to 35,200, while that of non-Irish nationals is estimated to have changed from net outward (-8,400) to net inward (2,100).

The number of births in the period was 70,500 while the number of deaths was 29,700, resulting in a natural increase of the population of 40,800, a fall of 4,100 on the previous year’s figure of 44,900.

The combined effect of natural increase and negative net migration resulted in an overall small increase in the population of 7,700 bringing the population estimate to 4.59 million in April 2013.
Other main features of the 2013 figures are:

  • Of the 89,000 people who emigrated in the year to April 2013, Irish nationals were the largest group accounting for 50,900 or 57.2 per cent.
  • The estimated number of people aged 14 years and under now exceeds a million (1,007,700) for the first time since 1987.
  • The population increase of 0.2 per cent was unevenly distributed across the regions, with the South-East showing the strongest growth at 0.9 per cent and the Mid-West showing the largest decrease of 0.6 per cent.
  • 24.6 per cent (21,900) of emigrants went to the UK while 17.3 per cent (15,400) went to Australia.


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Ireland Migration


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