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



Fifty Plus in Ireland 2011: First Results from the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing
May 10, 2011

Editors: Alan Barrett
Research Area: Health and Quality of Life | Migration, Integration and Demography


Income and Asset Levels of Older People
May 10, 2011 | Book/Report Chapter

Authors: Richard Layte
Research Area: Migration, Integration and Demography | Social Inclusion and Equality


Annual Monitoring Report on Integration 2010
May 4, 2011

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


Equality and Discrimination: Lessons from a Research Programme and a Conference
April 20, 2011 | ESRI Research Bulletin

Authors: Frances McGinnity, Helen Russell
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills | Migration, Integration and Demography | Social Inclusion and Equality


Introduction: Exploring the Lives of Immigrant and Ethnic Minority Children in Ireland
April 7, 2011 | Book/Report Chapter

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


Religious Diversity and Schooling in Ireland
April 7, 2011 | Book/Report Chapter

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


Barriers to School Involvement: Immigrant Parents in Ireland
April 7, 2011 | Book/Report Chapter

Authors: Merike Darmody, Selina McCoy
Research Area: Education | Migration, Integration and Demography


Policy Responses to Unaccompanied Minors in Ireland
April 7, 2011 | Book/Report Chapter

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


Conclusion: Immigrant and Ethnic Minority Children in Ireland: New Challenges and New Opportunities
April 7, 2011 | Book/Report Chapter

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


Internationalisation of Services, Productivity and Economic Growth: Literature Review
February 14, 2011 |

Authors: Stefanie Haller, Iulia Siedschlag
Research Area: Migration, Integration and Demography


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