Almost 11,500 non-nationals living
DONEGAL has the
smallest percentage of non-national residents
compared to the rest of Ireland, new Census figures
The data reveals that 11,473 Donegal residents
classified themselves as non-nationals in last
year's national headcount.
This figure represents 7.3% of Donegal's population
- the smallest proportion in the country - and down
from 8.1% in 2011.
Countrywide, non-Irish nationals currently make up
11.6% of the overall population - or 535,475
This was a 1.6% decrease on the Census 2011 figure
The number of people holding dual citizenship (Irish
and another country) increased by 87.4% to 104,784
Today's CSO report also shows that half of Donegal's
non-national population are UK nationals (5,860).
These, combined with people from Poland, Lithuania,
India and America, account for 77% of the county's
Census 2016 - Migration and Diversity
Meanwhile, in the year
to April 2016, some 2,065 people moved to Donegal,
an increase of 446 (27.6%) on five years previously.
Of these, 1,360 (65.9%) were born outside of
Ireland, the data shows.
Senior statistician Deirdre Cullen said: “Non-Irish
nationals and those with dual nationality are now
well established in Irish society and communities
throughout the country and this report provides a
wealth of information on their social and economic
circumstances in April 2016.”