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



Female Labour Supply and Divorce – New Evidence from Ireland
November 2, 2012 | Journal Article

Authors: Olivier Bargain, Libertad Gonzalez , Claire Keane , Berkay Ozcan
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills | Migration, Integration and Demography | Social Inclusion and Equality


Misuse of the Right to Family Reunification: Ireland
August 15, 2012 | ESRI Survey and Statistical Report Series

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


The Immigrant Earnings Disadvantage across the Earnings and Skills Distributions: The Case of Immigrants for the EU’s New Member States
August 13, 2012 | Journal Article

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


Welfare and Immigration
July 5, 2012

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


The Impact of Recession on Migration: A Preliminary Analysis of Census 2011
June 18, 2012 | QEC Research Note

Authors: Pete Lunn
Research Area: Migration, Integration and Demography


Annual Monitoring Report on Integration 2011
June 5, 2012

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


Practical Measures for Reducing Irregular Migration: Ireland
March 30, 2012

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


A Statistical Analysis of Households and Families in Ireland
February 24, 2012 | ESRI Research Bulletin

Authors: Pete Lunn
Research Area: Migration, Integration and Demography


The Impact of Ireland’s Recession on the Labour Market Outcomes of its Immigrants
February 16, 2012 | Journal Article

Authors: Alan Barrett, Elish Kelly
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills | Migration, Integration and Demography


Study on Active Inclusion of Migrants
January 31, 2012 |

Authors: Martin Kahanec, Corrado Giulietti , Martin Guzi , Alan Barrett , Bertrand Maître
Research Area: Migration, Integration and Demography


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