New figures show rise in immigration

The number of Irish people leaving Ireland remains high, despite improvements in the economy and a fall in unemployment.

Figures published by the Central Statistics Office on Wednesday show 35,300 Irish people emigrated in the 12 months to April 2015, a 13 per cent drop on the previous year when 40,700 Irish nationals left.

Immigration has increased for the third year in a row, with the numbers arriving here (including returning Irish nationals) rising 14 per cent to 69,300.

Irish people returning to live in Ireland from abroad made up 12,100 of that total, up just 4 per cent from the figure of 11,600 recorded in 2013-14.

Some 11,600 more non-Irish nationals arrived here than left in the year, up 47 per cent on the previous 12 months.

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