Ireland now experiencing net outward migration
The State is experiencing net outward migration for the first time since 1995, according to figures published today by the CSO.
The agency says 65,000 people left the country in the 12 months up to April this year, while the number of immigrants declined to 57,000 in the same period.
Almost half of those who left the country were from the 12 newest EU member states, while more than one-quarter were from Ireland.
Elsewhere, the CSO says the number of babies being born in Ireland has reached a 113-year high, with 74,500 births recorded in the 12 months up to April.
Just under 30,000 deaths were recorded in the same period.
The combined effect of the figures leaves the Irish population at an estimated 4.46 million people.