10% of Republic’s population now made up of non-Irish nationals

The principle demographic results from the 2006 census are out and show that Irish Republic now has a population of 4.24 million, 10% of which is made up by non-Irish nationals. In fact, 612,000 were born outside of the Republic with 438,000 coming from the EU. Could be interesting to see if this develops into an election issue.The main places of origin are:

Northern Ireland 50,172
England and Wales 204,746
Scotland 16,863
Czech Republic 5,278
Estonia 2,373
France 9,307
Germany 11,797
Hungary 3,328
Italy 5,811
Latvia 13,999
Lithuania 24,808
Netherlands 4,292
Poland 63,090
Slovakia 8,201
Spain 6,207

Other European Countries 27,517
Romania 8,566
Russia 4,568
Ukraine 3,397
Moldova 2,260

Other 8,726

Africa total 42,764
Nigeria 16,677
South Africa 7,727
Zimbabwe 2,281
Congo 2,037

Other 14,042

Asia total 55,628
China 11,218
Philippines 9,644
India 9,342
Pakistan 5,850
Malaysia 3,409

USA 25,181
Brazil 4,720
Canada 4,618
Australia 6,624
New Zealand 2,393

Other interesting trends:

– Number of divorced persons has increased by 70 per cent, from 35,000 to 59,500 between 2002 and 2006

– The proportion of ever-married persons who were either separated or divorced increased from 7.5 per cent in 2002 to 8.7 per cent in 2006

– Number of Muslims up 13,400 since 2002 to just over 32,500

– 3.68 million Roman Catholic but the % share fell from 88.4 per cent in 2002 to 86.8 per cent in 2006

– 15% of all residences were vacant on census night

– Just 199 Polish pensioners