I’ve Had It, I’m Moving to Canada!
Many Americans have a difficult time sympathizing with the plight of refugees across the world because, more often than not, they think that, while a tragic humanitarian crisis, such a situation could never affect them.
The election results in November might change all of that.
Chances are that at one point or another, you’ve heard somebody threaten to move to Canada. In fact, it’s high up there on the list of things white people love to do. Whether or not they were being serious, Americans love the idea of an escape to the Great White North, an extensive land we view in our social imagination as a more liberal, more European version of our own country.
Historically, Americans have fled northward during dramatic policy changes, such as when Millard Fillmore signed the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 (upwards of 20,000 African Americans migrated to Canada in that decade), or during the draft for the Vietnam War. Of course, some would view having to endure certain presidents as equally as painful and dangerous.
But how can you secure your emigration to Canada if you don’t already have a job or family there?
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How Unhappy Are Americans?
“I’ll move to Canada if ________.” Threatening to move to Canada is often done for the sake of being hyperbolic, and at the end of the day, they’re just empty words.
But when Global News conducted a poll through Ipsos in March, they found that no fewer than 19% of Americans would move to Canada were Donald Trump elected president.
The number was especially high among millennials, with 28% of respondents ages 18-34 confirming that they would move in the case of a Trump presidency.
However, it isn’t only the Donald scaring Americans away to seek shelter in the north: according to the survey, 15% of Americans would move if Hillary were elected. Well, you can’t make everyone happy.
Are They Serious About Moving?
After Super Tuesday, Google search results spiked for “how can I move to Canada” by more than 350% when Google Data Editor Simon Rogers called it to people’s attention via Twitter.
By midnight, the search rose to 1,150%, making it the highest “move the Canada” had been searched since November 2004 when George W. Bush won his reelection.
Mashable pointed out that the Canadian government’s webpage regarding immigration and citizenship experienced such high traffic that error messages were displayed by a struggling server.