Poles top list of foreigners living in Ireland

Nearly 12 percent of Ireland’s population comes from abroad, the sixth highest proportion of foreign nationals in a European nation.

Poles made up the largest group of non-nationals in Ireland at 22 percent; followed by British, 21 percent; Lithuanians, 7 percent; and Latvians and Nigerians, each at 4 percent.

The Jan. 1, 2014 snapshot from Eurostat, released Dec. 18, shows only the top five groups of foreigners living in each European country. The percentage of Americans in Ireland is unclear.

The 11.8 percent foreign citizen rate in Ireland is about the same as when I wrote this story for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in 2009.