Thursday 18 January 2018

Over 500,000 non-Irish nationals now living in Ireland – CSO figures

Nicola Anderson

Nicola Anderson

MORE than half a million people living in Ireland are now non-Irish nationals, according to new figures from the Central Statistics Office.

The number of non-Irish nationals has increased by a staggering 143pc in the past nine years.

New figures from the Central Statistics Office have revealed that there were a total of 544,357 non-Irish nationals living in Ireland in April 2011, representing 199 different nations.

This is up from 224, 261 in 2002.

The CSO found growth in the number of non-Irish nationals has continued since 2006, albeit at a slower pace than earlier years.

Total numbers increased by 124,624 over the five years to April 2011 – a rise of 30 per cent.

Polish nationals increased by 93.7pc since 2006 from 63,276 to 122,585 in 2011 making them the largest group ahead of UK nationals with 112,259.

Meanwhile most of the “new Irish” born in this country are from Poland, followed by people from Lithuania, the UK and Latvia.

Today’s publication, “Profile 6 Migration and Diversity – A Profile of Diversity in Ireland ”, presents a profile of the non-Irish nationals living in Ireland in April 2011, along with results on recent migration, foreign languages and ability to speak English.

Deirdre Cullen, Senior Statistician at the CSO: “This report provides further analysis of the non-Irish population living in Ireland at the time of the last census. It examines aspects such as mixed nationality households, age structure and marital status, numbers in towns, as well as new data on ability to speak English by year of arrival into Ireland”.

The full report is available on the CSO website at

Ms Cullen concluded “Ireland has become an increasingly diverse society over the past decade and the different nationalities that make up the population of Ireland have an increasingly important impact on the economy and society.”

Most of the non-Irish nationals live in Dublin city, with Fingal and Cork County following.

Leitrim and Longford had the lowest numbers, meanwhile Galway City was the most multi-cultural, with 19.4 per cent of its residents recorded as Irish.

A mongst nationalities, Chinese nationals aged 15 and over were more likely to be single (51.5pc), while Indian nationals were more likely to be married (82.4pc).

The most prevalent household type among all non-Irish nationals was a couple with children accounting for 34pc of households, very close to that of Irish headed households at 35pc.

Among nationalities with 1,000 or more persons, Nigerian headed households had the highest

percentage of lone parent households at 33pc.

This compared with the average of 10pc for all non-Irish headed households in 2011.

There were 268,180 non-Irish resident nationals at work in Ireland in April 2011 accounting for 15.1pc of the total number of workers at the time.

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