UP to two thousand people are leaving Fermanagh every year to live elsewhere, it has been revealed.
That equates to almost four per cent of the county’s population emigrating every year.
However, recent figures have also shown that these numbers are starting to fall, with the amount of people moving away at its lowest in five years.
Although around one third of these are thought to be school-leavers, there are still growing concerns of a lost generation as communities face dwindling numbers of under 30s.
Figures released by Northern Ireland Statistic and Research Agency show that between June 2013 and June 2014, 922 people moved to other districts within the North while 478 people moved to the rest of the UK and 387 people moved to countries outside the UK.
These figures include local people leaving for popular places like Australia, Canada and southern Ireland.
That compares to neighbouring former Omagh council area who saw 1,116 people move to other parts of the North, while 279 people moved to the UK while 162 moved outside of the UK.
Overall the number of people leaving the North to live elsewhere is at its lowest level in five years, falling by 10.3 per cent between July 2013 and June 2014 to 22,800 people.
This is one of the findings of the 2014 population and migration estimates, published by NISRA.
Last year also saw an increase in the number of people coming to live in Fermanagh with 1,883 moving here. That grew by some 96 people.
The North’s population at 30 June 2014 is estimated to be 1.840 million people.
Between July 2013 and June 2014 the number of people living in Northern Ireland increased by 10,800 people (0.6 per cent).
The population growth of 0.6% was the highest in the last four years, mainly due to the changed direction of net migration. In contrast, population growth in the previous year ending June 2013 (0.3%) was the lowest in a decade.
The statistics also point to the continuing ageing of the population, with 285,900 people aged 65 and over.
The proportionate population increase of this age group (2.4%) was more than nine times that of the population aged under 65
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Posted: 1:00 pm June 12, 2015