Youth Council reaction to CSO migration figures
- 33,500 young emigrants in 2014 with 165,300 young people leaving in last 5 years
- Time for Return Migration Strategy
The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) has today (26.08.14) welcomed the reduction in the emigration figures but remains concerned at the high levels of youth emigration and calls for more support for the current wave of young Irish emigrants and the development of a strategy to facilitate return migration to Ireland.
Reacting to CSO Population and Migration Estimates* released today Marie-Claire McAleer, NYCI Senior Research and Policy Officer said that she remained concerned by the high level of young people under 25 emigrating from Ireland. The numbers of young people aged 15-24 emigrating in the year to April 2014 was an estimated 33,500. The numbers of young people who have emigrated over the last 5 years is 165,300.
The CSO figures also indicate:
- Percentage of 15-29 years olds in population has fallen from 23.1% in 2009 to 18% in 2014
- Overall numbers emigrating down 8% from 89,000 in 2013 to 81,900 in 2014
- More young women emigrating (17,700) than young men (15,800)
- 47% of emigrants had 3rd level qualification while 36% had higher secondary level qualification or less
- Emigration to UK down 3,000 while numbers going to Australia down by a third (from 15,400 in 2013 to 10,000 in 2014)
- Increase in emigration to US, EU15 and rest of World.
“There may be a reduction in the number of people leaving but in the year to April 2014, 81,900 people emigrated – many of whom are highly skilled and educated. This represents a brain drain and will inhibit our economic recovery. We need a pool of well-educated people to attract investment and stimulate and sustain economic growth,” said Ms McAleer.
“The recent appointment of a new Minister of State for the Diaspora Mr. Jimmy Deenihan T.D. provides an opportunity for the political system to respond in a practical and sensible manner to the issue of youth emigration. We now need to turn our attention to supporting those who wish to return to do so. A strategy on return migration is essential and we hope the new Minister will use his ministry to connect and engage with the new wave of young emigrants and facilitate return migration to avoid the permanent loss of valuable skills from the Irish economy,” concluded Ms. McAleer.
Contact: Marie-Claire McAleer 087-2668190
NYCI is holding a conference on Return Migration on Tuesday September 16th in Dublin Castle
*CSO Population and Migration Estimates April 2014:
The NYCI report on youth emigration ‘Time to Go?’ is available here: https://www.youth.ie/youth_emigration
Notes to Editors:
National Youth Council of Ireland
The National Youth Council of Ireland is a membership-led umbrella organisation that represents and supports the interests of 54 voluntary youth organisations working with 380,000 young people, and uses its collective experience to act on issues that impact on young people.
For further information, please contact Marie-Claire McAleer, Senior Research and Policy Officer on 087 2668190 or email firstname.lastname@example.org