Ireland has the fastest growing population in the EU. Ireland's Central Statistics Office said that continuing high levels of immigration was the main factor pushing up the population by 2.5 per cent to an estimated total of 4.3 million people.
Ireland has the fastest growing population in the European Union, according to figures released by EU statistics agency Eurostat.
Ireland's Central Statistics Office (CSO) said that continuing high levels of immigration was the main factor pushing up the population by 2.5 per cent to an estimated total of 4.3 million people.
Nearly two-thirds of the population increase in the year up to April 2007 was accounted for by net migration with the remaining one-third due to the natural increase in the population.
The natural increase in the population (i.e. births less deaths) for the year ending April 2007 was 38,000, meaning that Ireland's fertility rate is below replacement levels.
The new arrivals are mostly young and male and come from the 10 new EU member states. 67 per cent of them came from Poland, where 94,000 of the new arrivals in 2006 came from, said the report released by the CSO.
According to Census figures, foreign nationals account currently for more than 10% of the population in the Republic of Ireland. Analysts predict that there will be no interruption in the inward flow of non-nationals over the next few years.
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Central Statistical Office - Population and Migration Estimates April 2007