A significant number of American citizens appears to be considering of moving to Canada and New Zealand as Donald Trump moves closer to reaching the 270 electoral votes needed to win the U.S. presidential elections on Tuesday night.
The primary immigration website of Canada repeatedly crashed as the Republican presidential candidate leads in several battleground states, making his chances of becoming the next president higher. Trump won Florida, Ohio, and other major states.
Some users reported on Twitter that they are getting an internal server error message when accessing Canada’s immigration website. Earlier this year, some Canadian communities such as the Island of Cape Breton on the country’s Atlantic coast promoted itself as a tranquil refuge for Americans, who are considering to leave if Trump becomes the U.S. president.
On the eve of the U.S. presidential election, Reuters received a confirmation from the immigration officials of New Zealand that the country’s website that deals with residency and student visas experienced an increase in traffic. The New Zealand Now website received 1,593 registrations from American citizens since November 1st. The number is more than 50% of the normal monthly registrations in just seven days.
Visits to New Zealand Now website from U.S. citizens rose 80%
The number of people from the United States visiting the New Zealand Now website increased nearly 80% to 41,000 from October 7 to November 7 compared to the same period in 2015.
The statistics is in line with the interest his company has been seeing from prospective U.S. citizen employees, who are concerned about Trump winning the presidency, according to Rod Drury, the chief executive officer of Xero, a global accounting software company based in New Zealand.
Drury said the idea started as joke, which appears to becoming a reality. “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,’ he said in an interview with Reuters.
“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 see what will happen in the next month,” he added.
Drury also believes that New Zealand as well as non-American technology companies would benefit from a Trump victory to the White House. According to him, such situation would significantly change the landscape since many technology companies have been driven out of the United States.
In July, the New York Times reported that the late husband of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg had been advocating a move to New Zealand if Trump becomes the U.S. president.
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