Latvians among Ireland’s growing foreign-born count

At least 10 percent of Ireland’s population is made up of the foreign born, including nearly 14,000 Latvians, according to detailed figures released by Central Statistics Office Ireland. However, the numbers may be conservative.

Of those born in Latvia, more than half (7,551) were between the ages of 25 and 44, according to the latest census details released March 29. Another 3,933 were between the ages of 15 and 24.

The Irish census was conducted in April 2006 and counted more than 4.2 million people.

Anecdotal evidence and other official sources have suggested the number of Latvians in Ireland is much higher, ranging from about 20,000 to at least twice that.

According to the census, men from Latvia totaled 7,556, compared to 6,443 women.

Persons born in Great Britain, about 221,600, represented the greatest number of Ireland’s foreign-born. Poland was second with about 63,100, followed by Northern Ireland with 50,200 and Lithuania with 24,808.

Estonians accounted for 2,373 in the 2006 Irish census.

Ireland’s population has grown since reaching a low of 2.95 million in the 1946 census. The last time Ireland’s population topped 4 million was in 1871.

Andris Straumanis is a special correspondent for and a co-founder of Latvians Online. From 2000–2012 he was editor of the website.

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