Words: Dray Morgan
Recent EU statistics show that the amount of Irish people who live with their parents has doubled in the last decade to over two thirds of the total 25-29 year old population.
According to a new report, over 68 per cent of people in Ireland between the ages of 25 and 29 are living with their parents. It marks a large increase from 45 per cent of people reported in 2019.
It comes in contrast to the EU average of 42 per cent and underlines Ireland’s position as one of the highest living at home rates among young people in the European Union. The figure is even higher when looking at Irish males aged 25-29 specifically, with 74 per cent living at home.
Throughout 2020 and 2021, the number of young people living with parents trended upwards in almost every country on the continent. Since then, most countries have returned to close to pre pandemic rates.
Ireland however, remains a complete outlier in western Europe. 20 per cent of people between 25 and 29 live with their parents in Germany and 17 per cent in The Netherlands. Furthermore, other European countries, such as Denmark, Finland and Sweden, all have rates lower than 6 per cent.
Leader of the Labour Party, Ivana Bacik, remarked on the statistics saying, “Today’s figures reveal the stark social consequences of the housing crisis, which represents a lived reality for too many of our young people.”
“Despite record employment levels, too many young adults in Ireland today are barely getting by. They are working hard, paying taxes and contributing to society, yet for far too many, Ireland feels like no country for young people.” Bacik continued.
The average age for a man to move out of home is 27.4, whilst a woman is 26.5.
In the EU, on average, 74 per cent of 20-24 year olds live at home. Whereas, in Ireland, 89 per cent of 20-24 year olds live at home.
Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien called Irealnd’s current housing climate a “very significant problem” and called for a favourable outlook on renters in October’s budget.
In the early to mid-20th century, Ireland had a culture much like Spain or Italy, where younger and older family members live together until later years. However, this has not been the case for decades. Irish culture is being forced to change due to the lack of housing on offer.
Ivana Bacik concluded her statement, “In order to address this crisis, we need to see a structural revolution in housing. Government representatives have displayed dismissive attitudes in response to Labour’s constructive proposals to increase housing supply. Time for a change of approach.”
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