Dublin has become the safest of EU nations for Irish citizens in a survey by Eurostat which shows the country’s economy is more resilient than the EU average.
It also showed that the proportion of Irish nationals who have moved to other EU countries has dropped to the lowest level in the bloc since at least 2007, from 44% in 2007.
The survey of 1,054 respondents by the agency on Monday showed that while the proportion who are actively looking for work has remained stable at 25% for the past four years, the proportion moving to other countries has risen to 40% and has risen in some areas.
The figures are based on the countrys data on people leaving the country to study or work in the EU.
In total, there were 1,093,000 people who left Ireland to work abroad in the past year, compared to 1,034,000 in 2015.
The proportion who have gone to work in other EU member states in the same period has also risen from 35% to 37% and is now at a record low of just 14%.
The survey also showed the number of Irish people who said they were actively looking to move to a different EU country has increased to 20% from 14%.
Meanwhile, the number who said their future was uncertain has dropped by 8% to 7%.
This comes as a fresh surge in migrants arriving in the Irish capital has sparked concern among Irish officials that Dublin will become the new “Niger” for the continent.
According to the European Commission, the EU’s executive arm, more than a million migrants from Africa and the Middle East and North Africa have arrived in Ireland since last year, with a further 5,000 arrivals expected this year.
The numbers are expected to be higher than the 6,000 recorded in 2016.
But the number is expected to decrease as the EU is expected for the first time to accept more refugees from Syria and elsewhere.
It is understood that the number will also fall as Dublin continues to try to deal with the influx of migrants.
The latest survey shows that the majority of people who have left the country are either in school or in their early 20s.