Almost one-in-ten young people actively planning to emigrate from the Republic, poll shows

Poll findings illustrate desire among those aged below 34 to leave the state

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Those most likely to be planning or considering leaving the Republic are aged under 35. (Simon Belcher / Alamy Stock Phot/Alamy Stock Photo)

Eight percent of people in the Republic under the age of 34 say they are actively planning to leave the country, according to a new poll.

A third of people aged between 18 and 34 are considering leaving, the results of the poll by The and Ireland Thinks show.

Sixteen percent of the participants polled in the same age group said they would like to leave, but will not.

The number planning to emigrate or seriously considering it were highest in the 18-34 age group.

Of those aged 35-44, 5% are planning to leave, with 13% considering it, and 25% saying they are not, but would like to.

In the 45-54, 55-64 and 65 and above groups, just one percent of each group said they were planning to leave.

Out of all age groups, the majority planning to emigrate are intending to leave for an English-speaking country, while over a third are planning to live in another EU country.

Meanwhile, the survey found that of all those considering an overseas move, 38% were private renters.

However, only 8% of private renters were actively planning to emigrate.

No-one renting their property from a council said they were planning to leave Ireland.

Figures from the Central Statistics Office show that in the 12 months to April of last year, over 64,000 people emigrated from the Republic, compared to 56,100 in the previous 12 months.

The number up to April 2023 was one of the highest emigration figures of recent years.

The poll was conducted against a backdrop of a housing crisis in the Republic and spiralling rents.

A poll by the National Youth Council of Ireland in September 2022 found seven in ten young people were considering emigration in order to seek a “better quality of life than in Ireland”.