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Painful impact of emigration

The latest population and migration estimates from the CSO demonstrate very clearly that emigration is back.

While the net emigration figure of 34,100 recorded by the CSO for the 12 months to the end of April 2011 was broadly unchanged on the previous year, concealed within these overall figures is a disturbing trend with over 40,000 Irish people leaving the country last year, up almost 50pc.

At the same time the number of Irish people returning to Ireland has remained more or less constant in recent years. What this means is that net emigration among Irish people in Ireland reached 23,000 last year, up from 14,000 in the year to April 2010. As recently as the year to April 2009 the number of Irish people returning to Ireland matched the number of those leaving. Until the economy begins to recover, our best and brightest young people will be forced to seek jobs elsewhere.