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



Income and Wealth in the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing
September 24, 2014 | Journal Article

Authors: Brian Nolan, Alan Barrett , Cara Dooley
Research Area: Migration, Integration and Demography


Demographic and Economic Forecasting Report: National Transport Model, Volume 3
September 17, 2014

Authors: S Crawford, Edgar Morgenroth , A Murphy
Research Area: Communications and Transport | Macroeconomics | Migration, Integration and Demography


Migrant Access to Social Security and Healthcare: Policies and Practice in Ireland
July 17, 2014

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


Annual Monitoring Report on Integration 2013
June 30, 2014

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


Identifying Victims of Trafficking in Human Beings in Asylum and Forced Return Procedures: Ireland
May 1, 2014

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


Did the Economic Crisis have Impacts on the Health and Well-being of Ireland’s Older People?
April 2, 2014 | ESRI Research Bulletin

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


The Wealth, Health and Well-being of Ireland’s Older People before and during the Economic Crisis
March 6, 2014 | Journal Article

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


Peer Groups, Employment Status and Depressive Symptoms Among Older Adults in Ireland
March 1, 2014 | Journal Article

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


The Organisation of Reception Facilities for Asylum Seekers in Ireland
February 7, 2014

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


Increasing the State Pension Age, the Recession and Expected Retirement Ages
December 18, 2013 | Journal Article

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


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