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The past decade in Ireland was characterised by a sharp increase in migration inflows, from 27 800 in 2000 to 89 500 in 2007. The upward trend already started to taper off in 2006 and 2007, and in 2008 decreased to 67 600. At the same time, outflow rose,
to 31 900 in 2008. According to Labour Force Survey data, in 2009 Ireland saw its first negative net migration since the mid‐1990s. This reflects the effects of the economic crisis, which had begun in the first half of 2008.