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“Ireland’s Foreign Population Surges to 22%; Immigration Soars Dramatically”

Dublin: Ireland is witnessing a significant surge in its foreign-born population, according to Eurostat data. If this trend persists, projections indicate that one-third of the population could be comprised of individuals born abroad within the next five years.

In 2023, out of Ireland’s total population of 5,271,395; 1,150,090 were born outside the country, constituting approximately 21.82 percent of the populace. The native Irish population is dwindling, with many young people opting to migrate to countries such as Canada, America, and Australia.

Between the 2022 and 2023 censuses, there was a notable increase in the number of individuals born abroad, rising from 1,017,437 to 1,326,653. This surge can be attributed to the influx of individuals arriving in the country through work permits, alongside their dependents. Additionally, the Fine Gael government has implemented policies aimed at encouraging refugees to settle in Ireland.

Statistics reveal that between January 1, 2022, and January 1, 2023, Ireland’s population increased by 211,311 individuals, predominantly comprised of non-nationals. Moreover, projections indicate that approximately 23% of future recipients of Personal Public Service (PPS) numbers will be children of foreigners residing in Ireland.

If the current population growth rate persists, Ireland could potentially reach a population of 10 million by 2050, with nearly half of them possibly born abroad. Eurostat data highlights Ireland as one of the countries with the highest immigrant per capita rates, standing at 30 per thousand, which is three times the EU average.

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