Punch, A. and Finneran, C., 'The demographic and socio-economic characteristics of migrants, 1986-1996'. - Dublin: Journal of the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland,Vol. XXVIII, Pt. I, 1998/19999, pp213-263
Journal of the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland Vol. XXVIII, Pt. I
In the paper we draw on the following data sources: the censuses of 1986, 1991 and
1996 and the annual Labour Force Surveys (LFSs) for 1987 to 1997. Data from the
annual series of population and migration releases are also used. This series was
introduced in 1994 and covers the period since 1986.
The paper commences with a consideration of some of the technical issues relating to
the migration questions used in the above data sources. Section 3 deals with the
stock of persons usually resident in this country who were either born abroad or who
lived outside the country for a period of one year or more. The characteristics of the
Irish-born and foreign-born persons who make up this group are compared with
those of persons who never emigrated. To-date the only information published on
the two categories of migrants is the basic demographic information published in the
census reports. Section 4 examines the annual gross inflow data derivable from the
censuses and labour force surveys while section 5 sets out the available information
on the characteristics of the households from which persons have emigrated. The
main findings of the paper are summarised in the final section and a number of topics
for further study are suggested. - [p.2]
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