7,041 non-Irish nationals were living in Offaly at the time of the Census, accounting for 9.2% of the population of the county.
According to figures released by the Central Statistics Office, of the non-Irish nationals resident in the county, 1,865 were UK nationals – the largest non-irish nationality in the county, followed by Polish nationals with 1,566 persons.
The census results show that of the 53,267 persons who arrived in Ireland in the year prior to April 2011, 453 were living in Offaly. Of these 299 or 66 per cent were non-irish nationals.
Commenting on the publication of “Migration and Diversity – A Profile of Diversity in Ireland”, Deirdre Cullen, Senior Statistician, said, “This report provides further analysis of the non-Irish population living in Ireland at the time of the last census. It examines aspects such as mixed nationality households, age structure and marital status, numbers by towns, as well as new data on ability to speak English by year of arrival into Ireland.”