Immigration figures show increase
Published 29/08/2013 | 12:47
Immigration into Ireland is rising, latest figures show.
Just under 56,000 people moved to the country between April this year and the same month last year.
That was a 6% increase on the number of immigrants that arrived during the same 12 month period the previous year.
At the same time, there were 89,000 people who left Ireland to live overseas - a rise of just over 2%.
Irish people accounted for most of those leaving the country.
The latest Central Statistics Office report shows that 50,900 of the 89,000 - more than 57% - who emigrated in the year up to April were Irish citizens.
More than 40,000 of those leaving the country were under the age of 24. Around the same number were aged between 25 and 44.
Of the 55,900 new arrivals in the country, 15,700 were Irish people returning, alongside 4,900 from the UK.
Another 7,400 came from western Europe and 10,900 arrived from eastern Europe, as well as Cyprus and Malta.
Just over 17,000 new immigrants were from the rest of the world.
Around 22,000 of those who arrived in the country during the year were under 24. Nearly 29,000 were aged between 25 and 44.