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



Approaches to unaccompanied minors following status determination in Ireland
December 4, 2018 | ESRI Research Series

Authors: Sarah Groarke, Samantha Arnold
Research Area: Migration, Integration and Demography


Annual report on migration and asylum 2017: Ireland
November 9, 2018 | ESRI Survey and Statistical Report Series

Authors: Anne Sheridan
Research Area: Migration, Integration and Demography


Monitoring report on integration 2018
November 7, 2018

Authors: Frances McGinnity, Éamonn Fahey , Emma Quinn , Samantha Arnold , Bertrand Maître , Philip J O'Connell
Research Area: Migration, Integration and Demography


Higher Education Funding and Access in International Perspective cover Widening access to higher education: balancing supply and demand in Ireland
July 12, 2018 | Book/Report Chapter

Authors: Emer Smyth
Research Area: Education


Ireland’s response to recent trends in international protection applications
June 6, 2018 | ESRI Research Series

Authors: Samantha Arnold, Conor Ryan , Emma Quinn
Research Area: Migration, Integration and Demography


Attitudes to Diversity in Ireland
March 29, 2018

Authors: Frances McGinnity, Raffaele Grotti , Helen Russell , Éamonn Fahey
Research Area: Migration, Integration and Demography


journal article front cover Policy and practice in language support for newly arrived migrant children in Ireland and Spain
December 26, 2017 | Journal Article

Authors: Rosa M Rodríguez-Izquierdo, Merike Darmody
Research Area: Migration, Integration and Demography


Ireland in context of large-scale immigration: How do immigrant-origin children fare?
December 12, 2017 | Book/Report Chapter

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


cover of report Establishing identity of non-EU nationals in Irish migration processes
December 6, 2017 | ESRI Research Series

Authors: Samantha Arnold, Martina Byrne , Anne Sheridan
Research Area: Migration, Integration and Demography


Annual report on migration and asylum 2016: Ireland
November 21, 2017 | ESRI Survey and Statistical Report Series

Authors: Anne Sheridan
Research Area: Migration, Integration and Demography


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