Americans appear to be flocking to leave the US after the election of Donald Trump as president – with the number of U.S. citizens visiting the New Zealand immigration website having increased by 24 times in the last day, The Independent said on Thursday.
Immigration New Zealand received 56,300 visits from the U.S. – up from a daily average of 2,300.
On Wednesday alone, more than 7,000 Americans registered their interest in moving to New Zealand. Meanwhile visits to the New Zealand Now website, which contains information on how to move to the country, have doubled since the election result was announced.
Other countries also reported a surge in Americans looking for a way out after Trump defeated Hillary Clinton to take the presidency. The Canadian government's immigration website crashed and was down for several hours after what a spokesperson called “a significant increase in the volume of Traffic”.
And Google searches for Australia and New Zealand spiked as it became clear the Trump was on course for the White House.
New Zealand businesses reported receiving a deluge of messages from U.S. nationals seeking jobs abroad. A similar trend was reported in Canada, where job website Indeed said Americans were searching for jobs north of the border at ten times the normal rate.
Google analysis showed most searches for "Australia immigration”
had come from people in the states of Hawaii, Oregon, Washington, California, Virginia and Colorado – all of which backed Hillary Clinton.
Clinton supporters' threats to leave the country provoked a mixed reaction, with some suggesting alternative destinations while others seemed happy to see them go.