Monday 26 September 2016

Surge in 'How to move to Canada' searches after Trump wins, Google says

Published 02/03/2016 | 13:11

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks on Super Tuesday primary election night in Florida
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks on Super Tuesday primary election night in Florida

Online searches for "How to move to Canada" surged in the hours following Donald Trump's gains in the Super Tuesday primaries, said Google.

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The search engine's data editor Simon Rogers highlighted the trend, tweeting that searches had "spiked" 350% in four hours on Tuesday, peaking at 1,150% above the average and settling at around 500% above on Wednesday.

Four of the five US hotspots for the search term were in states where Mr Trump had won a majority: Tennessee, Massachusetts, Georgia and Virginia.

The Canadian government website also encountered technical difficulties on Tuesday night, which some have suggested was prompted by a surge in traffic from Americans considering fleeing north of the border.

An error message on the site at 5.06am GMT (12:06 a.m. ET) read: "You may experience delays while using the website. We are working to resolve this issue. Thank you for your patience."

Last year, digital analytics firm Luminoso found 4% of 4.5m Donald Trump-related tweets mentioned leaving the US.

The majority of people (75,000) wanted to move to Mexico but Canada was second choice, with 25,000 people claiming they would relocate there.

Meanwhile, an island in the eastern Canadian province of Nova Scotia is hoping for a boost from disillusioned US voters.

A site called Cape Breton if Donald Trump Wins (CBIDTW), created by DJ Rob Calabrese, offers to welcome Americans leaving their country because of Mr Trump.

The site went viral, linking to Destination Cape Breton, the island's tourist site and getting 300,000 visits in more than a week: two-thirds from Americans with the top three questions being immigration, employment and housing.

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