Ciara Kenny

The Irish Times forum by and for Irish citizens living overseas,

Emigration of Irish nationals falls 20% but 40,700 still left last year

Numbers going to Australia drop 35 per cent, new CSO figures show

Tue, Aug 26, 2014, 12:44


The Central Statistics Office has released the annual population and migration statistics for the 12 months to April this year. We have a full news report here, but the following is a breakdown of some of the main findings:

  • Number of Irish people leaving fell 20 per cent, from 50,900 to 40,700
  • A total of 81,900 people of all nationalities left in 2013/14, down 8 per cent on the previous year
  • 60,600 immigrated, up from 55,900
  • 11,600 Irish people returned home from abroad, down from 15,700 the previous year
  • 47 per cent of emigrants had a third level qualifications
  • More than 16,000 were students before leaving
  • The UK is still the most popular destination, attracting 17,900 people from Ireland (a fall of 18 per cent on the previous year)
  • Australia saw the biggest fall in popularity, with numbers down 35 per cent from 15,400 to 10,000.
  • Canada also witnessed a drop, from 5,300 in 2012/13 to 4,700 in 2013/14