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Written Answers - Emigration Statistics

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 765 No. 3

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 145.  Deputy Pádraig Mac Lochlainn Information on Pádraig MacLochlainn Zoom on Pádraig MacLochlainn  asked the Taoiseach Information on Enda Kenny Zoom on Enda Kenny  if there are any plans to instruct the Central Statistics Office to gather and publish more detailed information on emigration [343]figures, including to list by age, sex and county those who have emigrated from Ireland. [23789/12]

Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach (Deputy Paul Kehoe): Information on Paul Kehoe Zoom on Paul Kehoe Statistics on emigration are included in the CSO’s annual Population and Migration Estimates release, published in September each year. The principal source of information for these statistics, incorporating both emigration and immigration, is the Quarterly National Household Survey (QNHS). The published estimates are classified by sex, broad age group, origin and destination, and nationality. The provision of emigration data at a more detailed level, such as by county, is not currently possible due to measurement issues associated with sub-populations (in this particular case emigrants) in sample surveys of this nature.

The emigration estimates are analysed along with data available from other migration indicators such as the number of work visas issued to Irish citizens for the main countries of destination via the relevant embassies and agencies; however this data is only available at a State level and so is also unsuitable for the provision of county based estimates.

The next issue of the Population and Migration Estimates in September 2012 will cover the period April 2007 to April 2012.

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