Net migration to Doncaster has dropped after Brexit, according to new figures

The hospitality industries in particular rely heavily on migrant workers.
The hospitality industries in particular rely heavily on migrant workers.

The number of long-terrm migrants who have arrived in Doncaster since Brexit has significantly dropped since the referendum, according to official figures.

The Office for National Statistics estimates that from July 2015 to June 2016, the month of the EU referendum, 1,451 more long-term migrants arrived from abroad in Doncaster than left.

However in the 12 months after Brexit that figure dropped by 554.

In total, 1,776 people moved to Doncaster from abroad and 879 left, leaving the latest net migration figure at 897.

That means Doncaster’s migrant population is still rising, but at a slower rate than before the referendum.

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.”

While the Doncaster 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.