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Friday, 30 December 2011

Emigration was a talking point during the week, with the media reporting on Central Statistics Office data, which was published in September, as if it had only just been released. The CSO statistics show that emigration continues to increase but commentators have stopped comparing the situation to the late 1980s when the outflow was almost twice as high.

The latest data is for the year to the end of April and it shows 76,400 people left the country, an increase of 11,100 on the previous year. Of the total 40,200 were Irish citizens, an increase of 12,500, and the first time in recent years that Irish people accounted for more than half of those leaving the country.

There was also an increase in the number of Irish returning to live here. The figure to the end of April was 17,000, up 3,800 on the previous year. The net outflow of Irish people was therefore 23,100, up from 14,400 in the year to April 2010.

The Irish Times published some additional data which showed that the destination countries for emigrants are Britain, Canada, New Zealand and the US.

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