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.
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 Realestate.co.nz 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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