The Margin: Ireland’s migration flow has reversed of late

In a departure from the long-term trend that shaped a global Irish diaspora, immigration to Ireland is up, while emigration is down, according to the country’s Central Statistics Office.

In a press statement Tuesday, the agency reported 79,300 inward migrants in the year that ended this April, an increase of 14.4% from the prior 12-month period, alongside a 5.8% decline, to 76,200, in outward migrants.

The number of immigrants of Irish nationality rose to 21,100 from 12,100 in the year ending in April, an increase of more than 74%.

Additionally, according to the statistics office, 65,200 babies were born in the 12 months ending in April, while 30,000 people died — a “natural increase,” by its accounting, of 35,300.

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