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Drop in foreign nationals employed in Ireland

The CSO released new figures today.

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NEW FIGURES FROM the Central Statistics Office show there’s been a huge drop in the number of foreign nationals employed or claiming social welfare in Ireland.

The CSO report studied how many PPSN (Personal Public Service Numbers) were assigned to foreign nationals aged 15 and over between 2002 and 2012.

The biggest drop was between 2007 and 2012.

It shows over 215,000 PPSNs were allocated in 2007, compared to under 73,000 in 2012.

The research also found that less than one quarter of foreign nationals assigned PPSNs in 2007 had employment activity in Ireland in 2012.

This data came from an annual analysis of records of the Revenue Commissioners, the Department of Social Protection and the CSO.

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