warns more needs to be done on availability of quality jobs and housing to increase rate of return
CSO Migration Estimates: Youth Council reaction to latest figures
- 80,900 people emigrated
- 30,400 young emigrants in 2015, with 223,600 under 25s leaving since crisis began
- 14,700 inward young migrants, a decrease on last year 15,900
- Number of those aged 25 to 44 emigrating up 2,100 to 39,700
- Number of graduates emigrating at highest level since data collection began in 2010: 39,800 in 2015 (up 4,500 on last year)
The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) – which represents youth organisations with 1,400 staff and 40,000 volunteers who work with over 380,000 young people nationwide – has expressed concern at new Population and Migration Estimates figures released today (26.09.15) by the Central Statistics Office (CSO).*
The numbers of young people aged 15 to 24 emigrating in the year to April 2015 was an estimated 30,400. This means a total of 223,600 young people aged 15 to 24 have emigrated in the last 7 years: an average of 32,000 per annum since the start of crisis. The figure for inward migration among the same age group has decreased, with 14,700 under 25s coming into the country, compared with 15,900 in the year to April 2014.
Reacting to the figures Marie-Claire McAleer, NYCI Senior Research and Policy Officer said: “Overall, the emigration and return migration figures are disappointing. We had hoped to see a much bigger drop in the emigration figures, but this is not evident from the statistics. The number of 15 to 24 year olds emigrating is 30,400. Although down 3,100 on last year, it isstill extremely high.
“Failure to attract young emigrants back in the future has serious social and economic policy implications for Ireland. The social cost of emigration is reflected in terms of the impact on the family, the impact of an alteration in Ireland’s age structure, and the emergence of a youth generation gap”.
“Maximizing the rate of return of the current wave of young Irish emigrants back to Ireland as the economy starts to recover is critical for both social and economy recovery. But it depends on he availability of good quality employment and effective Government policies to reduce the high cost of living and address the housing crisis which serve as barriers to return for many young people.
The number of graduates emigrating is at the highest level since data collection began in 2010. The figure in 2015 was 39,800 up 4,500 on last year. Ms McAleer explained: “While we welcome the slight reduction in the number of people leaving in the year to April 2015, the figures are still extremely high at 80,900 emigrants – 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 and skilled people to attract investment and stimulate and sustain economic growth.”
For further information, please contact Daniel Meister, Communications Manager at NYCI on 01 425 5955 or 087 781 4903 or email email@example.com
Notes to Editors:
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* CSO statistical release, 26 August 2015, Population and Migration Estimates
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