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CSO figures on emigration “incomplete”: Reilly

14 June, 2012

Sinn Fein’s spokesperson on Youth Affairs, Senator Kathryn Reilly, has said the CSO’s figures on emigration are “incomplete” and need to be improved.

Speaking after a series of parliamentary questions to the Taoiseach contained in their replies admissions that the CSO doesn’t provide anything less than annual figures or show which counties were suffering more under emigration Senator Reilly said:

“In the Minister of State’s replies the government admits that the CSO does not publish emigration on a quarterly or even half-yearly basis. Furthermore, they admit that they cannot accurately measure to where people are emigrating. Instead we are told “emigration is estimated by broad destination. We are also told that mapping emigration by county is not possible.

“It is imperative if we are to maintain contact with our emigrants and for our own economic planning that the CSO steps up to the mark and provides more detailed and accurate information on the extent of emigration. It is a sad indictment of the current system that the Australian services can provide, in some cases, more detail on Irish emigration than our own services.”



To ask the Taoiseach his plans to instruct the Central Statistics Office to compile data on emigration on a quarterly or six months rather than the current annual basis in view of the need to gather regular and up to date information on the numbers of persons emigrating from Ireland to inform policy; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
- Pádraig Mac Lochlainn.

To ask the Taoiseach the reason the Central Statistics Office does not collect data on the destination of emigrants leaving Ireland; his plans to collect data on the destination of Irish emigrants and the numbers to each country; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
- Pádraig Mac Lochlainn.

Annual information on migration (immigration and emigration) is published in the Population and Migration Estimates release which issues in September each year.
The principal source of information for the estimation of annual migration flows published by the Central Statistics Office, incorporating both emigration and immigration, is the Quarterly National Household Survey (QNHS); the published estimates are classified by sex, broad age group, origin and destination, and nationality.
Because of the underlying seasonality and variability of all migration flows the CSO does not publish these estimates on a sub-annual basis e.g. six monthly or quarterly.
Data on emigration is estimated by broad destination. The provision of emigration data at a more detailed level, such as country of destination, is not currently possible due to measurement issues associated with sub-populations, sample sizes and other practical issues in sample surveys such as the QNHS.
The estimates are published on an annual basis in September of each year. The next publication in September 2012 will cover the period April 2007 to April 2012.

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