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



Attracting Highly Qualified and Qualified Third-Country Nationals: Ireland
September 6, 2013

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


Religious Education in a Multicultural Europe: Children, Parents and Schools
September 4, 2013

Editors: Emer Smyth , Maureen Lyons , Merike Darmody
Research Area: Macroeconomics | Migration, Integration and Demography


Introduction, chapter 1, Religious Education in a Multicultural Europe: Children Parents and Schools
September 4, 2013 | Book/Report Chapter

Authors: Emer Smyth, Merike Darmody , Maureen Lyons
Research Area: Education | Migration, Integration and Demography


Children’s Agency and Religious Identity in Irish Primary Schools
September 4, 2013 | Book/Report Chapter

Authors: Emer Smyth, Merike Darmody , Maureen Lyons , Kathleen Lynch , Etaoine Howlett

Conclusions, chapter 8, Religious Education in a Multicultural Europe: Children Parents and Schools
September 4, 2013 | Book/Report Chapter

Authors: Emer Smyth, Merike Darmody , Maureen Lyons
Research Area: Education | Migration, Integration and Demography


Annual Monitoring Report on Integration 2012
June 26, 2013

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


Early-life Causes and Later-life Consequences of Migration: Evidence from Older Irish Adults
June 22, 2013 | Journal Article

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


Learning More About the Causes and Consequences of Migration through the Experiences of Ireland’s Older People
June 5, 2013 | ESRI Research Bulletin

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


Immigrant Welfare Receipt across Europe
April 15, 2013 | Journal Article

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


Intra EU Mobility of Third-Country Nationals: Ireland
March 21, 2013 |

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


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