Official immigration websites in Canada, Australia and New Zealand experienced a spike in users from the United States when it became clear that Donald Trump would be the next American President.
It is thought that it was the result of a huge number of Americans not pleased at the prospect of continuing to work and live in the US under a Trump Presidency seeking information on moving abroad.
Indeed, the Citizenship Immigration Canada website crashed such was the volume of traffic. Data from Google revealed that searches for ‘how can I move to Canada’ spiked violently when the Trump victory was declared.
CIC users reported seeing an internal server error message when trying to access the website, which stated that there was a problem and the resource requested could not be displayed.
CIC officials confirmed that the cause was a higher than normal level of traffic. ‘The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship website became temporarily inaccessible to users as a result of a significant increase in the volume of traffic,’ said a spokesman.
Earlier this year the island of Cape Breton on Canada’s Atlantic coast marketed itself as a tranquil refuge for Americans seeking to escape should Trump capture the White House.
The number of Americans searching for jobs in Canada surged, according to data released by the world’s biggest jobs site Indeed.
‘For many Americans, the election result was such a shock that many are imagining a way out. In the hours just after Trump’s victory was called, Americans were searching for jobs in Canada at ten times the rate of previous nights,’ said Jed Kolko, Indeed chief economist.
‘Of course, it’s far too soon to guess how many of these searchers will make a move after the shock wears off. But the jump in searches shows how many Americans were surprised by Trump’s victory and are thinking about their options elsewhere,’ he added.
New Zealand also experienced a surge in online searches for information on immigration recently from people located in the US. The New Zealand Now website, which deals with residency and student visas, has received 1,593 registrations from US citizens since the beginning of November, more than 50% of a typical month’s registrations in just seven days.
The data shows that visits to New Zealand Now from the US were up almost 80% to 41,000 in the past month, compared with the same period last year, with the largest number of searchers located in Oregon, Colorado, Washington, Missouri and Virginia.
The Move to Australia website also experienced a surge with inquiries coming from Colorado, Kentucky, Tennessee, Washington and Virginia while ‘Australia immigration’ and ‘New Zealand immigration’ were some of the most searched terms on Google.