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Northern Ireland population continues to grow

Stormont Executive press release - Department of Finance and Personnel

The Northern Ireland 2012 mid-year population is estimated to be 1.824million people, the Statistics and Research Agency said today.

Between July 2011 and June 2012 the number of people living in Northern Ireland increased by 9,300 people (+0.5%). The increase in population between July 2011 and June 2012 was due to:

· natural growth of 11,100 people (25,300 births less 14,200 deaths);
· an estimated net loss of 1,300 people due to migration. In total 23,300 people came here to live and 24,600 people left; and
· a net loss of 500 people due to changes in Her Majesty’s Forces.

In the period mid-2005 to mid-2007, migration accounted for more than half of population growth. Since then, migration into Northern Ireland has fallen and migration out of Northern Ireland has risen. Indeed 2011-12 is the second consecutive year where there is an estimated net loss in population due to migration.

In contrast, the numbers of births and deaths have remained relatively stable over the last five years. This is in spite of the older population (aged 65 and over) continuing to rise and currently standing at 15% of the population.

Responding to the findings, Dr David Marshall from NISRA said: “The population continues to rise, standing at 1.824million in June 2012, with more births than deaths being the cause of population growth. Migration into Northern Ireland is down by 24% from the 2005 to 2008 peak – last year just over 23,000 people came here to live. Over the same time period the number of people leaving Northern Ireland to live elsewhere has risen by 14% to nearly 25,000 people in 2011-12.”

Notes to editors:

1. The Northern Ireland mid-year population estimate series relates to the usually resident population of Northern Ireland including Her Majesty's Forces stationed here. Births and deaths recorded are those that occurred between mid-2011 and mid-2012 as registered by the General Register Office.

2. In line with international practice, migration estimates relate to long-term migrants only, defined as someone who changes their residence for a year or more (Recommendations on Statistics of International Migration, United Nations, 1998)).

3. Population statistics for areas within Northern Ireland were also published today. These included revised estimates for Local Government Districts for the years 2001 to 2011, following the results of the 2011 Census. Further details are at the NISRA website, including an interactive map and population pyramid:

4. Population statistics form a part of the “Barnett formula” and are also used in allocating public expenditure across Northern Ireland. Latest population figures for England & Wales, Scotland and the Republic of Ireland are available at:

England and Wales -
Scotland -
Republic of Ireland -

5. Further statistical information can be obtained from NISRA Customer Services:

Telephone: 028 9034 8160
Responsible Statistician: Dr David Marshall

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