Just before the winner of the U.S Presidential race was announced, when signs pointed at Trump gaining big in key battleground states, Canada’s immigration website reportedly crashed.
It seems many despondent voters are already exploring options to move north in the event of an unfavorable election outcome.
The internet literally broke due to the influx of Americans’ interest in the northern bordering country during the very intense election night, as many Twitter users in the United States, Canada and Asia posted a “500 – Internal server error” message from Canada’s immigration website.
Just as Canada’s main immigration website appeared to have crashed, New Zealand reported increased traffic to its website for residency visas from U.S. nationals in the hours before Donald Trump surged to victory in the U.S. presidential election.
On the eve of the voting, New Zealand immigration officials reported that the country’s immigration website which deals with residency and student visas, had received 1,593 registrations from United States citizens since Nov. 1 – more than 50 percent of a typical month’s registrations in just seven days.
Recently, visits to New Zealand from the United States were up almost 80 percent to 41,000 from 7 Oct to 7 November, compared with the same period last year.
In August, a website called “Cape Breton if Donald Trump Wins,” welcoming Americans to the sleepy Maritime island of Cape Breton was created by a radio DJ.
The Cape Breton website assured would-be American refugees that they would welcome all, no matter who they supported, be it Democrat, Republican or Donald Trump.
Though there’s no guarantee these two events are related, it will be recalled that prior to the elections, some Americans, often jokingly, said they would move to Canada if Trump was elected.
Celebrities including Bryan Cranston, Amy Schumer, Cher and Barbra Streisand, and also our own Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka had all declared their plans to flee if — or when — Trump ascends to the presidency.
Meanwhile investors around the world have reacted with shock at the U.S Presidential results. Global stock markets sank, the Mexican currency tanked, and U.S. stock futures plunged.