Відправлено 2009-09-22 08:54 (#767) Тема: Highest emigration figures since 1995
For the first time since 1995 more people left Ireland than moved here, according to new figures.
The CSO says the number of emigrants from Ireland in the year to April is estimated to have grown by over 40%, from 45,300 to 65,100.
At the same time the number of immigrants continued to decline, falling from 83,800 to 57,300.
Today's CSO figures also reveal that of the 65,100 people who emigrated, East European nationals were the largest group, accounting for 30,100.
Irish nationals were the second-largest group at 18,400.
Immigration of all non-Irish people showed a decline with those from 12 EU states, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Bulgaria and Romania, showing the biggest fall from 33,700 in April 2008 to 13,500 in April 2009 - a decline of 20,200.
The CSO also says that the number of births reached a new high of 74,500 in the year to April - the highest growth since 1896.
The number of deaths was 29,400, which resulted in 'strong' natural growth of 45,100 for the year to April 2009.
Ireland's population estimate in April 2009 was 4.46m.
Earlier, Damien English TD, Fine Gael Labour Affairs Spokesman, warned that there are growing fears that a lost generation of Irish youth are now becoming a reality.
For the first time in a generation Ireland is again a net exporter
of people, as a combination of rising unemployment and falling job levels drives people abroad.'
Відправлено 2009-09-28 07:55 (#768 - в відповідь на #767) Тема: RE: Highest emigration figures since 1995
В даному контексті хотілося б навести ще дві статті, які є моїми фаворитами на протязі останніх кількох років і досить влучно ілюструють, чому все так сталося. Перша, на жаль, схоже, вже "вийшла з вільного обігу" тож доступна лише з платного архіву Irish Times, а от друга, яка є просто шедевром, ще, ніби, висить на Guardian.
Ahern expects immigrant influx to decline
Miriam Donohoe, 24th April 2007
The economy has reached the point where it cannot accommodate the same influx of immigrants as over the past 10 years, according to Taoiseach Bertie Ahern.
Stressing that the economy could not have prospered without the level of immigration of recent years, Mr Ahern said yesterday he had great doubts about our capacity to continue to move beyond the 10 per cent growth in immigration of the last decade.
"I am not saying you can't go to 11... but you can't go in one decade from 2 per cent to 10 and in the next decade from 10 to 20," he said in an interview on The Last Word with Matt Cooper on Today FM. "The numbers that we will be able to take in over the next 10 years will not be able to match the numbers that came in in the last 10 years."
Mr Ahern said that if we did not have the immigrants that made up 10 per cent of the workforce today, we would not have been able to keep the economy strong. "We have to be fair to the immigrants that are here. If we hadn't got to that 10 per cent, the Irish economy wouldn't be growing at 5 per cent."
He added: "We have to be very careful there is not displacement of workers." He predicted that the first thing that would happen in a downturn would be that immigrant numbers would fall.
"Very quickly they would realise it is not a good place to come."
Mr Ahern was highly critical of RTÉ for broadcasting its Future Shock: Property Crash programme last Monday, saying it was irresponsible and inaccurate and he "disagreed with almost everything in it". On hospital consultants, Mr Ahern said they were the vested interest most responsible for stifling necessary reform of the health service.
Welcome to Ireland - but don't stay long
Manchán Magan, 18th October 2007
Hearing that Ireland has topped the list of the world's friendliest countries in the Lonely Planet's Bluelist 2008, on account of the "deliciously dark sense of humour and ... welcoming attitude towards strangers", this Irishman's first thought is: "Ha, ha, we've managed to hoodwink them again, the gullible amadáin [fools]!"
Lest there be any misunderstanding, it's important to make clear that the Irish distrust and dislike all foreigners. It's a national trait. We will use a bit of charm when you stop us for directions or waylay us in a pub, but that's often because we just want your money. Although our booming economy means we have more money now than we know what to do with, we still want more and if getting at yours means asking you how the weather is and how you're getting on, we'll do it. Just don't go thinking we like you. It's nothing personal; we're a tribal nation.
The fact that the people who serve us pints are now nuclear physicists from Latvia and our gardeners are university lecturers from the Philippines makes us deeply uncomfortable, but what can we do? We're simply too rich to do it ourselves. We no longer need to look back to the distant past for a golden era - we're living it. Ireland is like a birthday boy gleefully opening all his presents and keen to show them off. We want you here long enough to revel in our abundance - but don't ask us to share any of it, and make sure you leave soon.
If you meet us in the evening or first thing in the morning and we seem particularly friendly, we may be drunk. We're fortunate in that we become exuberant with drink. You wouldn't want to meet us next day when we're hungover and laughing at you behind your back. But please keep coming. Being an island nation, we're like a dysfunctional family, and it's a relief now and then to see a new face.