Nearly 20,000 Lat­vians were liv­ing in Ire­land in spring 2016

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19,933 Lat­vian cit­i­zens were liv­ing in Ire­land in spring 2016, ac­cord­ing to cen­sus data from Ire­land’s Cen­tral Sta­tis­ti­cal Bureau on the num­ber of for­eign­ers liv­ing in the coun­try.

As re­ported by baltic-ire­land.ie por­tal, Lat­vian com­mu­nity has de­clined 3% or 600 peo­ple since 2011. Ac­cord­ing to sta­tis­ti­cal data for that year, there were 20,593 Lat­vians liv­ing in Ire­land at the time. 5,771 of them or 29% men­tioned Dublin as their place of res­i­dence. Un­like peo­ple from Brazil, Spain, Italy, France and Ger­many, their homes were lo­cated in the city’s out­skirts, not in the city cen­tre. Aside from Dublin and its out­ly­ing ter­ri­to­ries, many Lat­vians also live in Dun­dalk, Na­van, Tu­lum, Port­lois and Mon­aghan. 35% of Lat­vians live in Irish cities pop­u­la­tions of which do not ex­ceed 10,000. 43% of Lat­vians liv­ing in Ire­land are in the 25 to 39 age group. Only 22% of the pop­u­la­tion is in this group. The av­er­age age of Lat­vian cit­i­zens liv­ing in Ire­land in April 2016 was 31.7 years, whereas the av­er­age age of all res­i­dents of this coun­try was 37.3, the por­tal re­ports. 10,980 or 67% of Lat­vians liv­ing in the coun­try had jobs and the num­ber of unem­ployed peo­ple in the com­mu­nity had de­clined by 35% since the last pop­u­la­tion cen­sus. Ap­prox­i­mately one-fifth of those peo­ple or 2,339 were em­ployed in re­tail trade sec­tor, with the most pop­u­lar pro­fes­sions be­ing cashiers and man­agers.29% of Lat­vians liv­ing in Ire­land were em­ployed as clean­ers, house­keep­ers, kitchen work­ers and fish­er­men. Lat­vians with qual­i­fi­ca­tions were more of­ten em­ployed as chefs or me­chan­ics.

86% of Lat­vian in Ire­land lived in rented houses. Com­par­a­tively speak­ing, only 28% of the coun­try’s pop­u­la­tion rent houses, ac­cord­ing to sta­tis­ti­cal data.

More than 535,000 for­eign­ers lived in Ire­land in April 2016. The to­tal num­ber of for­eign­ers in Ire­land has de­clined 1.6% since 2011. Pol­ish res­i­dents make up the largest for­eign com­mu­nity in Ire­land, reach­ing a num­ber of 122,515, whereas the small­est com­mu­nity was that of Ger­mans – 11,531.

Ac­cord­ing to sta­tis­ti­cal data, Lat­vian com­mu­nity in Ire­land was the fifth largest in 2016, be­hind only Pol­ish, Bri­tish, Lithua­nian and Romanian com­mu­ni­ties.

Ieva Čīka/LETA

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