On Tuesday night, following the ascendance of Trump to the most powerful office in the world, so many people visited the Canadian and New Zealand informational immigration websites, the Canadian Site ended up crashing ., Canadian officials have confirmed what we already suspected: A large number of those people were desperate Americans presumably plotting their escape.
With Trump's victory, most people must have been as shocked as this guy
According to the CBC , A whopping 200,000 people were on the website on election night. 100,000 were visiting from the United States. The total figure totally takes out the 17,000 who were on the site at the same time a week ago .
Given that election night marked the beginning of a new and utterly horrifying national nightmare, the knee-jerk "flight" response is perhaps unsurprising.
United States President-elect Trump has promised to deport millions of people, suggested he would create mandatory registration for Muslim Americans, threatened to sweep away the rights of American women, and announced a 100-day plan so mind-numbingly repugnant it borders on satire.
Of course, it's possible the 100,000 Americans were merely curious about the idea of running away to Canada and New Zealand , and most probably won't actually go through with it. .
New Zealand's immigration website also saw a surge in traffic, as the results of the US election came in.
Immigration New Zealand (INZ) said its website received 56,300 visits in a 24 hour period, an increase of almost 2,500%. The site has a daily average of 2,300 visits.
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 Mr Trump's victory.
But not everyone from the country seemed to welcome Americans with open arms.
Mr 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.
Hehehe.. I suspected this would happen.
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