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Brazilian Nationals: 13,640

In April 2016, there were 13,640 Brazilian nationals usually resident in Ireland. Since 2006 the Brazilian population in Ireland has more than trebled in size.

Table 7.1 Population Usually Resident by Nationality and Census Year

Place of Residence

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  • 64 per cent of the Brazilian population was living in Dublin city and suburbs (8,685 persons). This was the greatest concentration of all nationalities profiled in one settlement

Outside of county Dublin, Electoral Divisions with a relatively high concentration of Brazilian nationals included Gort, Roscommon, and Naas, as highlighted in dark green and pink in Figure 7.1.

Figure 7.1 Proportion of Brazilian Population Usually Resident in Ireland by Electoral Division, 2016

Age and Sex

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  • 97 per cent of Brazilian nationals were aged under 50 years, the greatest proportion of all nationalities profiled

In April 2016, one quarter of the Brazilian population usually resident in Ireland was aged 25 years to 28 years old. Only 10 per cent of the Brazilian population was aged 40 years and over. Comparably, 45 per cent of the State population was aged 40 years and over.

The age breakdown of the Brazilian and State populations can be seen by clicking an option below:

Of all ten nationalities profiled, the Brazilian population was the youngest in 2016 with an average age of 29.9 years. The average age of the Brazilian population grew by 1 year, from 28.8 years to 29.9 years between 2011 and 2016.

Table 7.2 Population Usually Resident in the State by Nationality, Average Age, and Census Year

Economic Status

Unable to work due to permanent sickness, retired or other economic statusStudent or pupilLooking after home/familyUnemployed Persons at work
State - 2016 7042624155553030342940061970728
Brazilian - 2016121420762915626568
Brazilian - 201180227052711074011

While there was a large proportion of Brazilian nationals aged 15 years and over who were students in April 2016 (32%) - much greater than for the State’s population (11%) - the proportion of Brazilian nationals at work (50%) was relatively similar to the proportion of the State’s population (53%).


There were 10,305 Brazilian nationals aged 25 years and over living in Ireland in April 2016, of which 25 per cent (2,626 persons) were students. 60 per cent of these Brazilian students had already attained a third level degree or professional qualification (1,588 Brazilian nationals).  Of all students and pupils in the State’s population - aged 25 years and over - 48 per cent had a third level degree or professional qualification.

Postgraduate degreeThird level degree/professional qualification or bothUpper secondary, technical, vocationalLower secondary, primary, no formal education, not stated
State 780723939137234916
Brazilian 4631588377198

Industry and Occupation

Table 7.3 shows the top three broad industrial groups among the Brazilian population at work in April 2016. One fifth of the Brazilian population at work was in the accommodation and food services industry (22%), nearly 4 times the proportion of the State population in the same industry (6%). Kitchen and catering assistants, wait staff, and chefs were prevalent occupations among Brazilians within this industry.

Table 7.3 Population Aged 15 Years and Over, at Work, by Nationality, Broad Industrial Group, and Census Year
 Brazilian 2011Brazilian 2016State 2016
At Work4,0116,5681,970,728
Accommodation and food service activities19%22%6%
Wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and cycles15%12%13%

Unrelated Households

In April 2016, there were 7,490 permanent private households containing at least one Brazilian national in Ireland, of which 33 per cent were households containing unrelated persons (2,452 households). Compared with all other nationalities profiled, households containing Brazilian nationals were more likely to be comprised of unrelated persons.