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110 Irish people emigrating every day - CSO

The Central Statistics Office says it expects 40,200 Irish people to emigrate this year – while newer EU citizens are also leaving.

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AROUND 110 IRISH people are emigrating every single day – the majority of them between the ages of 25 and 44, according to data published by the Central Statistics Office.

Its population and migration estimates report a sharp rise in emigration among Irish nationals, with some 40,200 Irish people expected to depart these shores in 2011.

That number is up significantly on last year, when 27,700 Irish people moved abroad, and on 2009 when it is thought that 18,400 Irish citizens departed to live outside the State.

For the first time in several years, Irish migrants make up more than half of the total number leaving the Republic – with the CSO predicting that 76,400 people will emigrate from the State by the end of the year.

Men are expected to make up the majority of the Irish citizens leaving to work abroad: 23,100 Irish males will leave this year, alongside 17,100 females.

After Irish people, citizens of the 12 newest EU accession states make up the largest portion of those leaving Ireland – with 15,200 people, the equivalent of 41 per day, expected to move elsewhere this year.

That number is down from its peak of 2009, when over 30,000 of those citizens left.

Destinations outside the EU and US are thought to be the most popular among emigrants, with 30,100 people set to move to areas outside those regions.

18,900 people are to move to the UK, while 22,900 are to move elsewhere in the EU, and 4,400 to the United States.

People aged between 25 and 44 make up the largest chunk of migrants, accounting for 34,400 of people leaving the country, while 33,100 people aged between 15 and 24 are also likely to leave.

The figures estimate that the natural increase in the population, as of April, was around 47,700 per month – with net migration down by 34,100 given the numbers leaving the state and the numbers arriving.

University of Limerick economist Stephen Kinsella asked his class of 600 final year students how many of them intended on emigrating. Here were his results.

Poll: Would you consider emigrating? >

Column: Emigrated? Well, good luck coming home again >

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