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Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Net Emigration Figures.

Wednesday, 5 October 1966

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 224 No. 5

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Mr. Corish: Information on Brendan Corish Zoom on Brendan Corish asked the Taoiseach the estimated net emigration figure for each year since 1946.

Mr. Carty: Information on Michael Carty Zoom on Michael Carty The only reliable estimates of net emigration are those derived from the periodic Censuses of Population and relate to intercensal periods. The following are the average annual net emigration figures in each of the intercensal periods since 1946:—

1946 to 1951 ——— 24,384
1951 to 1956 ——— 39,353
1956 to 1961 ——— 42,400
1961 to 1966 ——— 16,771

[612]Mr. Corish: Information on Brendan Corish Zoom on Brendan Corish As against the figures the Taoiseach usually has to quote because he has not the full information, these are reliable figures?

The Taoiseach: Information on Seán F. Lemass Zoom on Seán F. Lemass They are the average annual figures for each intercensal period.

Mr. Dillon: Information on James Matthew Dillon Zoom on James Matthew Dillon A quarter of a million left in their first five years.

Mr. Corish: Information on Brendan Corish Zoom on Brendan Corish How do these compare with the source usually quoted, the number of outgoing and incoming travellers?

The Taoiseach: Information on Seán F. Lemass Zoom on Seán F. Lemass By and large the annual estimates are not too unreliable.

Mr. Corish: Information on Brendan Corish Zoom on Brendan Corish Until we have another census, these could reliably be used for the next five years if there is any emigration?

The Taoiseach: Information on Seán F. Lemass Zoom on Seán F. Lemass Yes.

Mr. Cosgrave: Information on Liam Cosgrave Zoom on Liam Cosgrave Can the Taoiseach explain the difference between the fact that the total figure for the number of persons at work shows a substantial decline and the emigration figures show a continuous rise, while at the same time the recent census claims there has been a rise in the population? Can the Taoiseach explain where the people are?

The Taoiseach: Information on Seán F. Lemass Zoom on Seán F. Lemass That would require a very detailed explanation.

Mr. Corish: Information on Brendan Corish Zoom on Brendan Corish Would the increase in births have something to do with it?

The Taoiseach: Information on Seán F. Lemass Zoom on Seán F. Lemass Yes.


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