|April 2017||April 2018|
|of which Irish nationals||-3,400||100|
The number of immigrants to the State in the year to April 2018 is estimated to have increased by 6.7% from 84,600 to 90,300 while the number of emigrants declined over the same period, from 64,800 to 56,300 (-13.1%). These combined changes have resulted in net inward migration for Ireland in 2018 of 34,000, the highest level of net inward migration since 2008. See table 1.
Irish nationals experienced net inward migration for the first time since 2009, rising to +100 in 2018 from -3,400 the previous year. Net inward migration among non-Irish nationals remained strong, increasing from 23,200 in 2017 to 33,900 in 2018. See table 2.
The number of births in the period was 61,200 while the number of deaths was 30,700, resulting in a natural increase of the population of 30,500. See table 1.
The combined effect of natural increase and positive net migration resulted in an overall increase in the population of 64,500 bringing the population estimate to 4.86 million in April 2018. See table 1.
Other main features of the 2018 figures are: