Monday 27 May 2019

Wexford embraces cultural diversity

Brendan Keane

County Wexford is now home to people from at least 12 different nationalities and according to figures from the Central Statistics Office Polish and British people make up the largest number of non-Irish people in the county.

According to the CSO there were 4,430 people from the UK living here along with 3,996 Poles when Census 2016 took place. Other countries represented in County Wexford's Top 10 non-national citizens figure include: Lithuania (839); Romania (537); Latvia (523); Hungary (260); German (259); Estonia (138); Slovakia (137) and France (134).

There were also 126 Spanish, 109 Italian and 30 Brazilian people living in Wexford at the time of the census.

The figures were compiled as part of the seventh thematic report from Census 2016 which was a profile of Migration and Diversity.

When Census 2016 took place there were 535,475 non-Irish nationals living in Ireland and they came from 200 different nations but that figure was down by 1.6 per cent compared to the number of non-Irish living here when the previous census was carried out in 2011.

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