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



Immigrants and Employer-provided Training
March 20, 2013 | Journal Article

Authors: Alan Barrett, Seamus McGuinness , Martin O'Brien , Philip J O'Connell
Research Area: Migration, Integration and Demography


Establishing Identity for International Protection: Ireland
February 28, 2013

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


Revisions to Population, Migration and the Labour Force, 2007-2011
January 31, 2013 | QEC Research Note

Authors: Kevin Timoney
Research Area: Migration, Integration and Demography


The Psychic Costs of Migration: Evidence from Irish Return Migrants
January 31, 2013 | Journal Article

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


Ethnicity and Nationality in the Irish Labour Market: Evidence from the QNHS Equality Module 2010
January 16, 2013

Authors: Gillian Kingston, Philip J O'Connell , Elish Kelly
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills | Migration, Integration and Demography | Social Inclusion and Equality


Annual Policy Report on Migration and Asylum 2011: Ireland
December 20, 2012 | ESRI Survey and Statistical Report Series

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


Immigration of International Students to the EU: Ireland
December 17, 2012

Authors: Philip J O'Connell, Mairead Finn
Research Area: Education | Migration, Integration and Demography


Supplementary Pensions and the Income of Ireland’s Retirees
November 29, 2012

Authors: Sanna Nivakoski, Alan Barrett
Research Area: Migration, Integration and Demography | Taxation, Welfare and Pensions


The Organisation of Asylum and Migration Policies 2012: Ireland
November 27, 2012 | ESRI Survey and Statistical Report Series

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


Family Structure in Ireland and Child Emotional and Behavioral Outcomes
November 19, 2012 | Book/Report Chapter

Authors: Maeve Thornton
Research Area: Children and Young People | Migration, Integration and Demography


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