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



Family Figures: Family Dynamics and Family Types in Ireland, 1986-2006
February 22, 2010

Authors: Pete Lunn, Tony Fahey , Carmel Hannan
Research Area: Children and Young People | Migration, Integration and Demography | Social Inclusion and Equality


Programmes and Strategies in Ireland Fostering Assisted Return to and Reintegration in Third Countries
February 1, 2010

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


EU Enlargement and Migration: Assessing the Macroeconomic Impacts
February 1, 2010 | Journal Article

Authors: Ray Barrell, John FitzGerald , Rebecca Riley
Research Area: Macroeconomics | Migration, Integration and Demography


Estimating the Impact of Immigration in Ireland
December 31, 2009 | Journal Article

Authors: Alan Barrett, Adele Bergin
Research Area: Migration, Integration and Demography


Annual Report on Asylum and Migration Statistics 2007: Ireland
November 30, 2009 | ESRI Survey and Statistical Report Series

Authors: Corona Joyce
Research Area: Migration, Integration and Demography


EU Enlargement and Ireland’s Labour Market
September 25, 2009 | Book/Report Chapter

Authors: Alan Barrett
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills | Migration, Integration and Demography


Annual Policy Report on Migration and Asylum 2008: Ireland
September 10, 2009 | ESRI Survey and Statistical Report Series

Authors: Corona Joyce
Research Area: Migration, Integration and Demography


Policies on Unaccompanied Minors in Ireland
September 2, 2009

Authors: Corona Joyce, Emma Quinn
Research Area: Migration, Integration and Demography


What do We Know about Large Scale Immigration and Irish Schools?
July 2, 2009 | ESRI Research Bulletin

Authors: Emer Smyth, Merike Darmody , Frances McGinnity , Delma Byrne
Research Area: Education | Migration, Integration and Demography


Adapting to Diversity: Irish Schools and Newcomer Students
June 3, 2009 | ESRI Research Series

Authors: Emer Smyth, Merike Darmody , Frances McGinnity , Delma Byrne
Research Area: Education | Migration, Integration and Demography | Social Inclusion and Equality


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