...leaving the not so United States
It seems that news of the US election isn’t the only thing that’s flooded the internet over the past 48 hours.
In the wake of the announcement that Donald Trump is set to become the 45th US president, several immigration websites have experienced unprecedented surges in the volume of desperate Americans looking to escape the land of the free.
Breaking the internet
With around 56,300 visits in the 24-hour period since the US election, Immigration New Zealand’s website has seen an astounding increase of 2,500% in traffic to its website – which usually sees around 2,300 visits a day.
The Canadian immigration website also stopped working, due the number of Americans hoping to find sanctuary north of the border. It seems that parts of Canada have been open to the idea of welcoming the Americans, with the island of Cape Breton on the Atlantic coast of Canada marketing itself as a refuge for those wanting to escape the prospect of Trump as their leader.
Some people even went as far as searching for terms such as ‘end of the world‘ as the election results were announced throughout the night.
Even though this might seem quite extreme, this kind of behaviour isn’t uncommon following major political changes that pose an uncertain future. The British public’s reaction to Brexit has notable similarities to the Americans’ reaction to the US election. Google, for example, experienced a drastic increase in the number of people researching how they could immigrate to far away lands such as Australia.
Is it wise for people to emmigrate on a whim?
“I can understand why many Americans are investigating their options for leaving the US following the shocking outcome of the election.”
“Before making any decisions, anyone who is thinking about moving abroad should look at the prospects offered by the country they’re interested in moving to ensure that they make an informed decision. For example, it’s useful or them to think carefully about where they’d like to live and research the job market, education system, and general culture.”
“It’s also essential to make sure that all of the appropriate legal measures have been taken, as it’s very difficult to rectify mistakes once someone has moved to another country. If someone you know is thinking of moving to the UK, for example, they should speak to a legal professional about what paperwork/documentation they need and what other provisions they need to make before they arrive.”
Written by Emma Brooksbank.
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