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Sunday 23 October 2016

'How to emigrate' - searches spike on Google after Britain votes to leave EU

Adam Boult

Published 24/06/2016 | 14:19

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As it became increasingly clear that the Britain had voted to leave the European Union, a number of search terms saw huge spikes in use on Google, illustrating a high level of pessimism among UK residents unhappy with the result.

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Twitter user John Brennan noticed an uplift in the number of people searching for "How to emigrate":


The official Google Trends Twitter account also noted a massive spike in the number of people searching for "Getting an Irish passport":

— GoogleTrends (@GoogleTrends) June 24, 2016  

And the term "Move to Ireland" also saw a big increase in interest, particularly among people in Northern Ireland.


A number of Britons also started showing an interest in moving to France:


Google Trends also reported a 680% spike in searches for "Move to Gibraltar" in the London area, as well as significant rises for the terms: "What if the pound collapses?" and "Buy gold."

The price of gold surged in the early hours of the morning, with the precious metal rallying as much as 8.1pc to nearly $1,360 an ounce, its highest since March 2014, after dipping as low as $1,255 an ounce after voting closed last night.

Back in March, in the hours after Donald Trump swept the primaries in seven states on Super Tuesday, the number of Google searches for "how to move to Canada" jumped more than 10 times in the US.

The surge in Americans trying to find out how to emigrate to Canada was first pointed out by Simon Rogers, data editor at Google, on Twitter.

At its peak, the search query "how can I move to Canada" spiked by more than 1000 per cent according to Google Trends.

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