Press release: International Day of Zero Tolerance to FGM 2011
FGM prevalence figures from the most recent Demographic and Health Surveys (DHSs) and Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICSs) and World Health organisation FGM country prevalence studies were applied to all migrant women in Ireland originating from countries where FGM is being practiced who participated in the 2006 Irish census and data from the Office of the Refugee Applications Commissioner (ORAC) on women seeking asylum in Ireland from FGM practicing countries from April 2006 to August 2010.
Year of data collection
Data from 2006-2010. Collated in 2010 (August)
Female migrant population originating from countries where FGM is practiced aged 15-44.
Prevalence data on FGM
Female migrant population aged 15-44 originating from countries where FGM is practiced 11,577: from these 3,170 have most probably undergone a FGM or 29.97%.
Disaggregated data per country of origin
Over 50% of the women concerned are from Nigeria, see attached table for complete data breakdown.
Disaggregated data per age
Limitations of study
There is a lack on information on the ethnicity of women who migrate to Ireland; as FGM is more linked to ethnicity than to nationality, this might have biased the results. In addition, this study did not take into account the influence of migration on the practice of FGM. Another limitation is the lack of information on women living illegally in Ireland. Census data is probably an underestimate as not all people participate and some data was withheld for reasons of confidentiality.