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'Move to Canada' searches spike during U.S. presidential election

'Move to Canada' searches spike during U.S. presidential election
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According to Google Trends, there has been another huge spike of people searching "move to Canada" as some Americans were clearly considering leaving the U.S. during last night’s election.

“How to apply for Canadian citizenship” has also continued to skyrocket among searches. According to Google, the search was most popular in swings states, mostly Massachusetts, followed by Michigan and Ohio.

Jacy Reese Anthis (a social scientist at the University of Chicago), shared a graph of the spike, showing a steep incline over just a few hours.

This is not the first time we’ve seen this trend. We reported a similar trend just after the first presidential debate. Meanwhile, during the 2016 election, Canada’s immigration site crashed as Donald Trump secured his way to victory as US president. This time around, however, there was no report of the site crashing.


More than 100 million ballots were cast prior to polls opening on Tuesday, Nov. 3, and record numbers of voters showed up to vote in person. Foreign Policy is predicting that the United States will see its highest voter turnout since 1908.

As of this writing, in many key battleground states, the Biden-Trump race is still too early to call.

Americans (and the world) will have to patiently sit back and await the results. In the meantime, it will be difficult for Americans to move north, given the COVID-19 pandemic and the border closure.

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