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“Surge in Foreign Migration and Emigration Trends: CSO Reports Significant Increase in Ireland”

DUBLIN: Recent statistics from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) reveal a notable surge in the influx of foreign migrants to Ireland, coinciding with a simultaneous increase in emigration. In 2023, 141,600 individuals chose Ireland as their destination for immigration.

Concurrently, the number of people departing Ireland has also seen a rise, with 64,000 individuals leaving the country during this period. This marks an increase of 8,000 people compared to the preceding period.

The nation’s population has surpassed the five million mark, a historic milestone in its 171-year history, as per the latest census report. The population has witnessed an eight percent increase since the 2016 census. Additionally, the consumer price index in the country has reached its lowest level (3.9%) in the last 25 months. The report indicates a significant upswing in the employment rate, with a 74.2% increase in the second quarter of 2023, marking the highest surge in a quarter century.

In contrast, the country’s GDP contracted by 1.9 percent in the first quarter of 2023, marking the fourth consecutive decline. However, the report notes that the revised domestic demand has not undergone substantial changes.

Alarming findings in the report indicate a 40% increase in sexual assault cases, with a notable gender discrepancy. Incidents of rape against women have surged by 52%, surpassing those against men (28%).

The report highlights the prevalence of online services, with 80 percent of Ireland’s population utilising online shopping and banking services. Notably, 93 percent of the population engages in email communication.

Volunteerism remains robust in the country, with 700,000 individuals expressing a willingness to volunteer, of which 300,000 are associated with sports organisations, as per the census.

Housing prices have experienced an upward trend, reaching an average of €323,000 in October from €305,000 in January, according to the data.

In the realm of gender income disparity, the report underscores that men in Ireland continue to earn more than women. Among the top 1% of earners, 75% are men and 25% are women, while within the top 10%, 70% are men and only 30% are women.

Encouragingly, the country has made strides in sustainable transportation, with approximately half (45%) of newly licenced vehicles being electric, plug-in hybrids, or hybrid cars, showcasing a notable commitment to environmentally friendly alternatives.

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