(The numbers of Americans moving to Canada each year is
modest. The Trump effect will unlikely change this.)
"Bring us your huddled masses yearning to breathe
- Statue of Liberty
Donald Trump appears to have solidified his status as Republican
presidential frontrunner after winning seven states on Super
Tuesday. However, his policies appear to be creating a divisive
culture and panic amongst many Americans. One of the spillover
effects garnering attention is the volume of internet searches in
Canadian immigration circles with terms such as "Canada
immigration", "How to move to Canada" on Google and
#movetocanada on Twitter, figuring prominently.
The first rumblings of a Canada immigration movement were heard
after Trump announced his presidential run. They intensified after
he proposed a total ban on Muslims entering the U.S. And on
Tuesday, as Trump's nomination became an ever-looming reality,
the desperation reached a fever pitch.
According to Google trends, searches for "How to move to
Canada" surged as Tuesday's results came in. Simon Rogers,
a data editor at Google, noted that the phrase's search
popularity had increased by 350 percent between 8 p.m. and midnight
ET. At midnight, the spike reached 1150 percent. To quote Trump
himself, "Just look at the numbers, way up!"
Many Americans are looking for solutions and Canada's
immigration policies are in the spot light. Canada's glimmer of
hope is contained in more than its geographic convenience. As The
Washington Post's Ishaan Tharoor has pointed out, Justin
Trudeau is in many ways the "anti-Trump."
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October 12th, 2016 - Immigration authorities conducted the 21st round of invitations under Express Entry in 2016 and 44th overall, inviting 1518 applicants for permanent residence with a lowest CRS score of 484.
October 19th, 2016 - Immigration authorities conducted the 22nd round of invitations under Express Entry in 2016 and 45th overall, inviting 1804 applicants for permanent residence, the largest number ever. The lowest CRS score was 475, a decline from the previous draw.
September 21st, 2016 - Immigration authorities conducted the 20th round of invitations under Express Entry in 2016 and 43rd overall, inviting 1288 applicants for permanent residence with a lowest CRS score of 483.
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