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



Marital Status and Birth Order in a Sample of Dublin Males
January 1, 1973 | Journal Article

Authors: Brendan Walsh
Research Area: Migration, Integration and Demography


Trends in Age at Marriage in Post-War Ireland
January 1, 1972 | Journal Article

Authors: Brendan Walsh
Research Area: Migration, Integration and Demography


Internal Migration in Ireland with Appendix: County Migration: an Alternative Approach
May 1, 1970 | General Research Series

Authors: Roy C Geary, Gerry Hughes
Research Area: Migration, Integration and Demography


Religion and Demographic Behaviour in Ireland
May 1, 1970 | General Research Series

Authors: Brendan Walsh
Research Area: Migration, Integration and Demography | Social Inclusion and Equality


Marriage Rates and Population Pressure: Ireland, 1871 and 1911
January 1, 1970 | Journal Article

Authors: Brendan Walsh
Research Area: Migration, Integration and Demography


The Dual Career Family
January 1, 1970 | Geary Lecture Series

Authors: Rhona Rapoport
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills | Migration, Integration and Demography


A Study of Irish County Marriage Rates, 1961-66
January 1, 1970 | Journal Article

Authors: Brendan Walsh
Research Area: Migration, Integration and Demography


Social Status and Inter-Generational Social Mobility in Dublin
October 1, 1969 | General Research Series

Authors: Bertram Hutchinson
Research Area: Migration, Integration and Demography | Social Inclusion and Equality


The Irish Brain Drain
November 1, 1968 | General Research Series

Authors: R Lynn
Research Area: Migration, Integration and Demography


Some Irish Population Problems Reconsidered
November 1, 1968 | General Research Series

Authors: Brendan Walsh
Research Area: Migration, Integration and Demography


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