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Thursday 22 February 2018

'How to move to Canada' searches up 1000pc after Republican Trump Super Tuesday win

US presidential hopeful Donald Trump. Photo: Reuters
US presidential hopeful Donald Trump. Photo: Reuters

Madhumita Murgia

In the hours after Republican Presidential hopeful 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.

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, around midnight, the search query "how can I move to Canada" spiked by more than 1000pc according to Google Trends.

The peak is most closely correlated with Trump's victories, as seen in the graph below. At 1:00am GMT, Trump was declared the winner in Alabama, Massachusetts and Tennessee, having already won Georgia. Check out the time at which the graph shows its highest spike.

While analysts were already aware of Trump’s popularity among less-educated workers, his landslide win in Massachusetts with 49pc of the vote was particularly surprising, since the state has the most educated population in the U.S, according to some indicators.

Perhaps this is why the greatest volume of "how to move to Canada" searches came from Massachusetts.

With seven wins on Super Tuesday, Mr Trump showed himself to be a dominant front-runner not in one or two states, but nationwide.

At his victory speech from Florida, he said: "I'm going to get along very well with the world. You're going to be very proud of me as president."

Recently, a Canadian man has created a web campaign to get Americans to move to Cape Breton, an Atlantic Canadian island with a sparse population and an emigration problem. Apparently, the website saw 800,000 visits since launch, and thousands of serious inquiries about how to emigrate. Even the island's national tourism site saw the benefits,  receiving 300,000 visitors which is more than they got all through 2015.

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