Will Republican candidate Donald Trump’s victory initiate another wave of global immigration – this time from the most improbable of places – the USA? Trump’s victory has fostered huge anxiety among his opponents and protests, some of them violent, erupted all over USA immediately after the results were declared.
The Canadian immigration site crashed in the aftermath of Trump becoming the US president elect apparently because of the sheer number of people looking to emigrate to the country, reports CNN.
The immigration website of New Zealand – Immigration New Zealand (INZ) – also said its website received 56,300 visits in a 24 hour period, an increase of almost 2500 per cent. The site has a daily average of 2,300 visits, according to BBC.
Lisa Filipps, spokeswoman for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, told CNN that the website had become “temporarily inaccessible to users as a result of a significant increase in the volume of traffic.” Teams were working to resolve the issue, she said, and by Wednesday morning the site appeared to be up and running again – albeit very slow to load.
A similar rush for the exit was seen in the UK in the wake of the 2015 general election and this summer’s Brexit vote – an issue that the European Union is looking to potentially solve by allowing people to keep their European citizenship.
New Zealand Now’s website, which contains information about living, working, studying and investing in the country, also saw a similar spike in traffic.
“In the 24 hours up to 9am local time on Wednesday, NZ Now received 70,500 visits from the US compared to a usual daily average of 1,500 visits,” said INZ marketing manager Greg Forsythe in a statement to the BBC.
Online, some Americans expressed that their interest to move to New Zealand was a result of Trump’s victory.
Forsythe added that some 7,287 registrations had been received from Americans in the past 24 hours as compared to a normal amount of 3,000 registrations. However, he added that these were purely “registrations of interest” and not visa applications.