Irish people account for half of those emigrating – new figures
Emigration among Irish nationals is continuing to rise and increased from 27,700 to 40,200 in the year ended April, new figures from the Central Statistics Office show.
Irish people accounted for over 50pc of emigrants followed by those from EU accession states like Romania and Bulgaria.
But the figures also reveal a drop in emigration among non-Irish people for the second year in a row.
Separate numbers show that there was a 2pc fall in employment or 37,800 in the year ended mid-2011 compared with 2.9pc in the previous quarter – suggesting that unemployment is tapering off.
Overall emigration is estimated to have reached 76,400 in the year ended April 2011, an increase of 11,100 on the 65,300 recorded in the previous year.
The number of immigrants also increased in the same period from 30,800 to 42,300.
Emigration to the UK and countries like Australian are increasing but there was a fall in those leaving for other European countries.
A break-down of the figures show that two thirds of those emigrating are aged between 15 and 64 while 22pc are under 15.
The overall population increase of 0.3 in the year was unevenly distributed across the regions with Dublin showing the biggest increase of 0.7pc.