Irelands non-Irish population makes up 12% of the total population (about 544,000 people.) The majority are from EU countries.
In 2013, approximately 166,000 new applications (i.e. visa, residence, protection and citizenship) were received by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS).
The 2013 year end estimate of non-EEA nationals with permission to remain in Ireland is approximately 120,000. The majority of persons with permission to remain in the State are here for work or study purposes.
The total number of non-EEA students registered to study or train in Ireland at the end of 2013 was approximately 39,600. This is one third of all the non-EEA nationals with permission to remain in the Ireland.