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Press Statement

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28 August 2018

Population and Migration Estimates April 2018

Population growth of 64,500 in the year to April 2018, the largest annual increase since 2008
  • Ireland's usually resident population was estimated to be 4,857,000 in April 2018
  • While 90,300 persons immigrated to Ireland in the year to April 2018 28,400 (31.5%) of these were returning Irish nationals
  • Of the 56,300 people who emigrated from Ireland in the year to April 2018, 28,300 (50.3%) were estimated to be Irish nationals
  • In 2018, Irish nationals experienced net inward migration (+100) for the first time since 2009, a significant increase on 2012 when net outward migration of Irish nationals peaked at -29,600
  • Net inward migration among non-Irish nationals remained strong and was estimated to be +33,900 in 2018
  • In April 2018, 48,700 (61.0%) immigrants aged 15+ were in employment

Go to release: Population and Migration Estimates April 2018

The Central Statistics Office (CSO) today (28 August 2018) publishes the annual Population and Migration Estimates for April 2018.

Commenting, James Hegarty, Statistician said:  “The number of immigrants to the State in the year to April 2018 is estimated to be 90,300, while the number of emigrants from the State over the same period is estimated at 56,300. These combined flows resulted in net inward migration for Ireland in the year to April 2018 of +34,000, the highest level of net inward migration since 2008.  The number of births in the same period was 61,200 while the number of deaths was 30,700, resulting in a natural increase of 30,500.  The effect of this natural increase and positive net migration resulted in an overall increase in the population of 64,500.  This is the largest annual increase in the population since 2008, bringing the population estimate to 4.86 million in April 2018.

In the year to April 2018, Irish nationals accounted for 28,400 (31.5%) of the 90,300 immigrants to Ireland and 28,300 (50.3%) of the 56,300 emigrants from Ireland.  Consequently, net inward migration of Irish nationals in 2018 was +100; this is the first occurrence of net inward migration for Irish nationals since 2009. It represents a significant increase on 2012 when net outward migration of Irish nationals peaked at -29,600.

In the year to April 2018, 61,900 non-Irish nationals arrived to live in Ireland and 28,000 non-Irish nationals emigrated abroad.  Therefore net inward migration among non-Irish nationals remained strong and was estimated to be +33,900 in 2018."

For further information contact:

James Hegarty (+353) 21 453 5429 or Caroline Barrett (+353) 21 453 5485

or email demography@cso.ie

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