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Foreign jobs pull 40,000

ONE in 10 Irish men in their 20s emigrated in the years between 2006 and 2011, new research has outlined.

There was an overall net migration of 40,000 people who went on to look for jobs overseas during this period.

A total of 5pc of young women also left Ireland during this time.

The gender difference, which was not previously in evidence, was likely to be accounted for by the bigger job losses in male-dominated sectors such as construction since the recession began.

The exact analysis, contained in an Economic and Social Research Institute paper written by Pete Lunn, is based on recently published data from the 2011 census.