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Emigration ‘at famine levels’ as 200 leave country each day

MORE than 200 people a day left Ireland during 2012, as emigration surged to levels not experienced since the famine.

The scale of the exodus is such that it dented Ireland’s baby boom, as so many young women were among those who left.

Figures obtained by the Irish Independent show where many of those emigrants went during the last year.

Some 87,000 people emigrated from Ireland in the year to April 2012, three times as many as the annual exodus during the boom years.

Almost 16,000 headed to Britain, according to figures from the UK Department of Work and Pensions, which show the nationality of new applicants for social insurance numbers there.

The figure was around twice as many as headed across the Irish Sea during the boom, and does not include children and non-working spouses who moved with their families. Link

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