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



‘When You Actually Talk to Them…’: Recognising and Respecting Cultural and Religious Diversity in Irish Schools
October 13, 2015 | Book/Report Chapter

Authors: Merike Darmody, Emer Smyth
Research Area: Migration, Integration and Demography


Business Migration to Ireland
July 22, 2015 | ESRI Research Series

Authors: Egle Gusciute, Emma Quinn , Alan Barrett
Research Area: Migration, Integration and Demography


Strategies used to Support Return Policy in Ireland: National Policy and Practice on Entry Bans and Ireland’s Use of Readmission Agreements
July 17, 2015 | ESRI Research Series

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


Annual Policy Report on Migration and Asylum 2013: Ireland
June 24, 2015 | ESRI Survey and Statistical Report Series

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


Discrimination in the Labour Market: Nationality, Ethnicity and the Recession
May 5, 2015 | ESRI Research Bulletin

Authors: Gillian Kingston, Frances McGinnity , Philip J O'Connell
Research Area: Migration, Integration and Demography


Aging and the Labor Market
April 17, 2015 | Book/Report Chapter

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


Discrimination in the Labour Market: Nationality, Ethnicity and the Recession
March 6, 2015 | Journal Article

Authors: Gillian Kingston, Frances McGinnity , Philip J O'Connell
Research Area: Migration, Integration and Demography


Policies and Practices on Unaccompanied Minors in Ireland
November 25, 2014 | ESRI Research Series

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


Borders Separating Families: Children’s Perspectives of Labour Migration in Estonia
October 31, 2014 | Book/Report Chapter

Authors: Merike Darmody, Leana Lahesoo
Research Area: Migration, Integration and Demography


Annual Policy Report on Migration and Asylum 2012: Ireland
October 13, 2014 | ESRI Survey and Statistical Report Series

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


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