NET migration to Weymouth and Portland has dropped since Brexit, official figures show.

However there has been little difference to the rest of the county.

The Office for National Statistics estimates that from July 2015 to June 2016, the month of the EU referendum, 101 more long-term migrants arrived from abroad in Weymouth and Portland than left.

However in the 12 months after Brexit that figure dropped to 92.

In total, 205 people moved to Weymouth and Portland from abroad and 112 left, leaving the latest net migration figure at 93.

This means Weymouth and Portland’s migration population is still rising, but at a slower rate than before the referendum.

However, in West Dorset, the net migration figure was 179 with 383 people arriving and 201 leaving.

In many other parts of the country immigration decreased significantly, prompting claims of a “Brexodus” which could have an impact on public services and businesses which employ a high proportion of EU workers.

In Manchester net migration halved after the Brexit vote.

Nicola Rogers, of the ONS’ Centre for Migration, said: “Today’s figures show that around 270,000 more people are coming to the UK than leaving, so net migration is continuing to add to the UK population.

“Net migration has been broadly stable since peak levels seen in 2015 and 2016.”

Madeleine Sumption, director of the Migration Observatory at the University of Oxford, said: “The UK has clearly become a less attractive country for EU migrants since the referendum.

“The lower value of the pound means that workers coming here for higher wages are getting less than they were in the past, and economic conditions in many of the key EU countries of origin have improved a lot over the past few years.

“Uncertainty about the implications of Brexit may have played a role.”

Figures show that a high proportion of immigrants to Bournemouth are younger and come from abroad, while those moving to other parts of the county tend to be older and move from elsewhere in the UK.

While the latest ONS figures do not give details of where migrants came from, the latest national figures, for 2017-18, show EU migration is at its lowest level since 2012.

However it is still well above the Government’s net migration target of 100,000.

Non-EU net migration to the UK is now almost three times higher than from the EU, the ONS says.

The figures also give details about GP registrations by migrants. From July 2015 to June 2016, 4,461 patients registered, compared with 4,279 patients in the 12 months after.