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    17,000 left Ireland last year

    By admin | September 12, 2006

    The latest set of CSO stats on emigration and immigration for the year up to April 06 has been released. There were an estimated 17,000 emigrants – interestingly reversing (though not by much) the downward trend of the last several years; the figure hit bottom last year at 16,600.

    There were 87,000 immigrants – the highest recorded since the CSO began keeping track in 1987. About 20,000 of those were Irish nationals – Poles outnumbered returning emigrants however, with 22,900 immigrants.

    • 4,400 emigrants went to Britain
    • 2,800 went to the EU15
    • 1,400 went to the US
    • 1,100 went to the new EU states of the EU10 –some of these were likely returning emigrants from those countries.
    • 7,300 went to the rest of the world.

    See the full report on the CSO website.

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