Migration, Integration and Demography

ESRI research on Migration, Integration and Demography examines the major forces that shape the population, including fertility, mortality and migration. Research is focusing on the changing needs of an ageing society, how migrants are settling into society, and Irish peoples’ attitudes to immigration.

Recent research in the area has examined (among other things):

• How have family structures changed in recent decades?
• What underlies Ireland’s unique pattern of fertility?
• The earnings of immigrants relative to Irish employees
• The social and economic integration of migrants

Current research in this area is focussed on ageing and Irish society. Included in this area is research on mental health among older persons; economic circumstances; the effects of retirement; pensions; and healthcare services.

In addition, the ESRI is the Irish National Contact Point (NCP) for the European Migration Network. Research in this area aims to provide up-to-date, objective, reliable and comparable information on the migration and asylum situation at European and national level (across all Member States) with a view to supporting policymaking and informing the general public. For further information on the EMN, visit the EMN website.

Looking ahead, population ageing will be an emerging feature of Ireland’s economy and society and so this will become an increasingly important element of ESRI research. The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA) is a large-scale survey of people aged over 50 and living in Ireland. It will provide a very useful research resource and the ESRI will play a key role in exploiting it.


Main Publications in Migration, Integration and Demography Research Area


Other Misc. Outputs



JA201739 An Irish welcome? Changing Irish attitudes to immigrants and immigration: the role of recession and immigration
September 11, 2017 | Journal Article

Authors: Frances McGinnity, Gillian Kingston
Research Area: Migration, Integration and Demography


RS64 Illegal employment of non-EU nationals in Ireland
July 6, 2017 | ESRI Research Series

Authors: Samantha Arnold, Susan Whelan , Emma Quinn
Research Area: Migration, Integration and Demography


RS65 Returning rejected asylum seekers: practices and challenges in Ireland
July 3, 2017 | ESRI Research Series

Authors: Anne Sheridan
Research Area: Migration, Integration and Demography


JA201724 The experience of discrimination among newly arrived Poles in Ireland and the Netherlands
June 15, 2017 | Journal Article

Authors: Frances McGinnity, Merove Gijsberts
Research Area: Migration, Integration and Demography


Journal front cover What Predicts International Higher Education Students’ Satisfaction with their Study in Ireland?
June 4, 2017 | Journal Article

Authors: Mairead Finn, Merike Darmody
Research Area: Migration, Integration and Demography


RS62 Family reunification of non-EU nationals in Ireland
May 30, 2017 | ESRI Research Series

Authors: Samantha Arnold, Emma Quinn
Research Area: Migration, Integration and Demography


BKMNEXT330 Monitoring report on integration 2016
March 1, 2017

Editors: Alan Barrett , Frances McGinnity , Emma Quinn
Research Area: Migration, Integration and Demography


RS55 Resettlement of Refugees and Private Sponsorship in Ireland
December 13, 2016 | ESRI Research Series

Authors: Samantha Arnold, Emma Quinn
Research Area: Migration, Integration and Demography


SUSTAT60 Annual Policy Report on Migration and Asylum 2015: Ireland
November 28, 2016 | ESRI Survey and Statistical Report Series

Authors: Anne Sheridan, Susan Whelan
Research Area: Migration, Integration and Demography


Front cover of report titled Integration of beneficiaries of international protection into the labour market Integration of Beneficiaries of International Protection into the Labour Market: policies and practices in Ireland
June 1, 2016 | ESRI Research Series

Authors: Egle Gusciute, Samantha Arnold , Emma Quinn
Research Area: Migration, Integration and Demography


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