Thursday, September 27 11:17:48
Emigration from Ireland in the twelve months to April 2012 is estimated to have increased to 87,100 from 80,600 in the year to April 2011, latest figures from the CSO show.
Meanwhile, the number of immigrants is estimated to have fallen marginally to 52,700 from 53,300 over the same period.
These combined changes resulted in an increase in the net outward migration from 27,400 in the year to April 2011 to 34,400 in the year to April 2012.
Over the same period, the number of births was 74,000 while the number of deaths was 29,200, resulting in natural growth for the year to April 2012 of 44,900, a fall of 2,600 on the previous years figure of 47,500.
The combined effect of natural increase and negative net migration resulted in an overall small increase in the population of 10,500 bringing the population estimate to 4.59 million in April 2012.
Of the 87,100 people who emigrated in the year to April 2012, Irish nationals were the largest group accounting for 46,500 or 53 per cent, the figures show.
Net outward migration for Irish nationals increased to 26,000 in the year to April 2012, from 22,400 in the previous year. The figure for non-Irish nationals also increased from 5,000 to 8,400 over the same period.