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Northern Ireland attracting lesser number of migrants

Downward trend expected to continue

26th November 2010: Northern Ireland is apparently attracting lesser number of migrants, compared to the previous years; and the trend is expected to continue.

Available statistics for the past year suggest a significant drop in the number of people immigrating to Northern Ireland. Early figures for 2010 indicate the downhill trend in immigration is likely to continue.

In fact, Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) claims population increase of approximately 2,100 people to June 2009 was recorded.

But, the figure is down from 5,700 the previous year, and from 10,000 added in both 2005-06 and 2006-07.

According to NISRA, approximately 39,000 people with central and eastern European background live in Northern Ireland. They account for around two per cent of the total population.

Half of all migrants insisted the reason behind their coming was work-related. Around a quarter quoted family reasons. Another 12 per cent were in Northern Ireland for education.

NISRA is an executive agency within the Department of Finance and Personnel (DFP).
The agency claims it is fully committed to the Department of Finance and Personnel’s vision: “To be a centre of excellence in all areas of our business, dedicated to continuous improvement in the quality of our work”

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