Ireland is in 7th place in the OECD in terms of the share of immigrants in its population, with the foreign-born accounting for 17% of the total population. 46% of them arrived in the last 5 years compared with 22% on average across OECD countries. The foreign-born population is on average more educated than across OECD countries, with 43% of highly educated compared with 31% across OECD countries. 66% come from an OECD high-income country.

61% of the foreign-born population are employed (66 and 55% of men and women, respectively), which is lower than the OECD average. The foreign-born population is less likely to be employed than their native-born counterparts. This discrepancy is partly driven by differences in age and educational distributions. After accounting for these differences, the gap between the two groups s'inverse for men and to get wider for women.

Immigrant households suffer more from poor material and financial housing conditions than native-born ones, but their situation on average is less critical than across OECD countries, with 3% of them living in overcrowded or deprived dwellings, compared with 20% across OECD countries and 1% among native-born households.

Income distribution and concentration in densely urbanised areas account for 24% of the difference in the rate of overcrowding between immigrant and native-born households, compared with 14% on average across OECD countries.

38% of immigrant household members own their dwelling, compared with 77% of the native-born. Differences in the age of household heads and in household income account for 18% of the difference in home ownership rates with the native-born, compared with a 7% average across OECD countries.



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Topic Definition
Housing Immigrants living in a suitably-sized dwelling, %, 2009
Income Annual equivalised disposable income, USD, 2008
Health Foreign-born adults reporting to be in good health, %, 2009
Education Mean reading score of native-born children of immigrants, points, PISA 2009
Employment Employment rate of the foreign-born population (15-64), %, 2009-10
Skill matching Highly educated immigrants (15-64) in highly skilled jobs, % of highly educated immigrant employed, 2009-10
Naturalisation Persons naturalised in 2010 as a % of the foreign population in 2009


Foreign-born population
0.8 million
17.2 % of total population
Foreign-born population (15-64)
  Ireland OECD average
Recent immigrants
  46% 17%
Highly educated
  43% 31%
From an OECD high-income country
  66% 28%
From country with same official language
  .. 27%