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.
The news comes as the CSO also reported a further drop in Ireland’s unemployment rate to a six-year low of 9.5 per cent.
The majority of people leaving Ireland in the 12 months to April were aged between 25 and 44, with 39,700 leaving in this age group, up slightly from 37,600 last year.
The number of 45 to 64-year-olds emigrating also rose, by almost one-third to 4,500.
The number of 15 to 24-year-olds emigrating fell 9 per cent in the year to 30,400, while the number of children under the age of 14 also fell, by 10 per cent to 5,400.
The number of Irish men emigrating continued to outnumber Irish women, by 18,800 to 16,500.
In terms of Canada, Canada witnessed a substantial jump in numbers arriving from Ireland, from 4,700 to 7,700, due to an increase in the allocation of Canadian working holiday visas for Irish people at the beginning of 2014.
The number of men going to Canada significantly outnumbered women, by 5,600 to 2,100, reflecting the opportunities available in male-dominated professions including construction and mining.
Lastly Australia saw the biggest decline in popularity, with just 7,500 people moving there from Ireland in the 12-month period, down from 10,000 the previous year, and 18,200 at the peak of its popularity in 2011-12.
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