Rush to Canada, NZ websites in wake of US election

Following the election of Donald Trump as US president there has been a dramatic increase in the number of Americans inquiring about moving abroad to Canada, New Zealand and Australia.

US citizens want to move to Canada, Australia, New Zealand
The immediate reaction to the election of Donald Trump has been an unprecedented rush of disaffected Americans inquiring about emigrating to other English-speaking nations.Canada – whose immigration inquiry website crashed several times because of the surge in demand in the immediate aftermath of the presidential election being declared – New Zealand and Australia are the three most favoured destinations of Americans pondering a move.Immigration New Zealand received 56,300 visits from the US in the 24 hours after the result – up from a daily average of 2,300 – and more than 7,000 of them registered an interest in an immediate to move. Meanwhile, an analysis by Google showed most searches for 'Australia immigration' came from people in the states of Hawaii, Oregon, Washington, California, Virginia and Colorado, all of which backed Hillary Clinton in the election. New Zealand businesses also reported direct approaches from US workers. Rod Drury, chief executive of software firm Xero, told Reuters, "I've got lots of messages coming through at the moment asking for a job in New Zealand, and we're saying: 'Yes you can'."It will be interesting to see whether it translates into real action. It's an active conversation that moved to getting more serious and we'll wait to see what will happen in the next month."

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A similar trend was experienced in Canada, where the global jobs website Indeed reported that the number of Americans searching for jobs north of the border increased to ten times the norm in the hours after the election result emerged.Jed Kolko, chief economist for Indeed commented, "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."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." Interest has not just been in jobs: New Zealanders have been warned that higher home loan interest rates and more pressure on house prices could be the result of Mr Trump's victory. Real estate listings website reported US-based traffic up 432 per cent after the election result was declared, with 78 per cent of those people never having visited the site before. Most of the traffic was generated by Californians.Andrew Bruce, president of Auckland Property Investors' Association, said, "An influx will put further pressure on our already short supply of housing in Auckland. We are already struggling to keep up with demands."And the interest on emigrating was not even restricted to jobs and property, MapleMatch, a dating website set up to connect Canadians with fleeing Americans, reported a doubling of users overnight.

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