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



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


Front cover of book "Labour Migration, EU Enlargement, and the Great Recession" Ireland’s Recession and the Immigrant-Native Earnings Gap
May 18, 2016 | Book/Report Chapter

Authors: Alan Barrett, Adele Bergin , Elish Kelly , Seamus McGuinness
Research Area: Migration, Integration and Demography


What Predicts International Higher Education Students’ Satisfaction with their Study in Ireland?
May 16, 2016 | ESRI Research Bulletin

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


Front Cover of Ethnicities A Threat in the Air? Perceptions of Group Discrimination in the First Years after Migration: Comparing Polish Migrants in Germany, the Netherlands, the UK and Ireland
April 4, 2016 | Journal Article

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


Front cover of report Education Policies and Practices to Foster Tolerance, Respect for Diversity and Civic Responsibility in Children and Young People in the EU
March 19, 2016 |

Authors: Barry van Driel, Merike Darmody , Jennifer Kerzil
Research Area: Education | Migration, Integration and Demography


The Impact of Voluntary and Involuntary Retirement on Mental Health: Evidence from Older Irish Adults
March 1, 2016 | Journal Article

Authors: Irene Mosca, Alan Barrett
Research Area: Migration, Integration and Demography


The Impact of Adult Child Emigration on the Mental Health of Older Parents
January 16, 2016 | Journal Article

Authors: Irene Mosca, Alan Barrett
Research Area: Migration, Integration and Demography


Determining Labour and Skills Shortages and the Need for Labour Migration in Ireland
November 25, 2015 | ESRI Research Series

Authors: Egle Gusciute, Emma Quinn , Alan Barrett
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills | Migration, Integration and Demography


Annual Policy Report on Migration and Asylum 2014: Ireland
November 1, 2015 | ESRI Survey and Statistical Report Series

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


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