As the election votes rolled in on November 8th, Hillary supporters must have been shocked when Trump took the lead. In fact, it appears that some voters even considered moving to Canada as a result of the election. Consequently, the Government of Canada’s immigration website crashed the night of the election results.
Even though votes were still being counted, citizens who voted for anyone other than Trump were overwhelmed with the possibility of having the businessman as the President-elect. At roughly 9 PM ET that night, CNN announced that several swing states, including Michigan, Ohio, Virginia, and Florida, could vote in Trump’s favor.
With Trump in the lead, this prompted people to research how to move out of the country. But we must say, we kind of saw this coming. According to Google data editor Simon Rogers, searches for “how can I move to Canada” spiked 350% during the Super Tuesday event in March.
Similar searches like “how to move from the U.S. to Canada” have also spiked following March’s Super Tuesday, some searches are up 455% from February! With so many Trump refugees looking for a way to escape the country, the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website was unable to handle the high traffic.
Although many people have been googling their escape plan, there lacks the evidence of people actually going through with it. American civilians shared similar frustrations when George W. Bush started his second term in 2005, with resemblant inactivity to flee the country.
And it’s not just regular everyday people that are threatening to leave the country – celebrities are considering it too. Some of these Hollywood stars include Miley Cyrus, Bryan Cranston, and Amy Schumer. Fortunately, Canada plans to accept 305,000 new immigrants by the end of the year.
For those that are still planning to flee America, despite the fact that moving will be a long, hard, and grueling process, there are a few ways you can do it. You can get a job offer in Canada and apply for a work permit, you can start your own company, or you can compete for legal permanent residency based on your skills.