Between 2022 and 2023, 141,600 people immigrated to Ireland – many of whom ended up in the capital city. While it’s worth noting that almost a quarter of those who made the move were Irish citizens, many other nationalities are making their homes here too.

As with any international move, there’s a lot to consider before relocating to Dublin. Where will you live? Will you like your new home? Do you need a job before you arrive? How do you find the right school for your children? And can you bring your pets?

Luckily, we’ve answered some of the biggest questions in our simple 10-step guide on moving to Dublin. We’ve also got information on in-demand skills, as well as a list of enticing reasons to live here.

For citizens of the EU, the UK and the EEA, relocating to Dublin is a relatively straightforward process. So we’ve got advice about how to settle in once you arrive. For those from further afield, it’s a little trickier to get all the paperwork in order, but we’ve got all the information you need below too.

Check out the following articles for more information on relocating to Dublin.

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How to move to Dublin in 10 steps

If you want to move to Dublin, you need to think about visas, jobs and housing. If you have a young family, schools are a big deal too. Once you arrive, you’ll need to get a social security number – and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. There’s lots of other practical to-dos to get through. If you decide to relocate to Dublin, here are ten essential steps you should undertake. 1. Figure out the entry requirements Firstly, you need to check if you need a visa to gain entry to Dublin. If so, you need to find out what type and assess whet

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Bringing pets to Ireland

If you want to live in Dublin, it may be important for you to be able to bring your furry friend along too. While pet travel is easier if you’re coming from another EU country, bringing pets to Ireland from further afield is completely doable too. There are a number of different factors to consider before you plan your move. We’ll walk you through what you need to know. 1. Meeting minimum entry requirements For EU member states Pet dogs, cats and ferrets from EU countries can travel freely within the EU – as long as they have an

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Diversity in the city

Living in Dublin comes with so many benefits, it’s no surprise that so many people are choosing to call the city home. In fact, at least 21% of the population hails from abroad. So you should settle into this diverse city no matter where you’re from. Dublin is considered one of the

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A guide to meeting people in the city

How to meet people in Dublin Moving somewhere new can be daunting. But spending time with other new arrivals who have shared your experience can really help you to settle in. There are also plenty of ways to make friends with local Dubs. Here are some tips to help you meet new people in Dublin. Seeking out other expats If you want to meet up with your fellow nationals in the city, both Meetup and InterNations run groups that can make that happen. There’s already some meetups li