DENVER -- While Denver was named the best place to live in the U.S., many Americans are reportedly considering moving north of the border instead.
After Donald Trump’s Super Tuesday victories in which he won seven states, Google reported up to a 1,500 percent surge in the number of people searching variations of the phrase “How to move to Canada.”
This is not a new phenomenon. In fact, in each election year over the past two decades, Canada has reported increases in the number of Americans applying for visas, permanent residency and citizenship.
This election cycle, the migration wave seems to be targeting Trump. Social media is exploding with hashtags such as #TrumpRefugees where people discuss their tentative plans for moving to Canada.
“Does this seem like a plausible thing to do?” Denver resident John Harris was asked.
“No. Probably not in the long run. But we want to if that’s what happens," he said.
Harris said he and his wife have discussed the idea at length. While leaving the U.S. seems far-fetched, he said he didn’t expect Trump’s campaign to last this long either.
“I don’t know that I’ve seriously considered it. Just seems like the end of the world almost," he said.
"I wouldn't move anywhere because no matter what president you get, they can't do enough damage," Denver resident Daniel Nelson said.
“Hypothetically speaking, in a perfect world, yeah. That would be easy. But I know it wouldn’t be all that easy and I know it wouldn’t be all that cheap either,” said Denver single mother Danette Hollowell.
She said she does not agree with Trump’s policies and would rather live in another country under a different government.
The immigration process can be quite complicated and can take several months to years to complete.
“Like Canada wants them. Like that’s the first thing Canada wants is all these Americans,” Trump supporter Jay Marrazzo said. “[Americans] don’t want to go there. They want to go someplace just as nice as they are right now and those places in Canada don’t need more Americans coming in and messing it all up.”
Actually, they do. At least they do in Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. The scenery in the eastern Canadian province is breathtaking and it is a popular tourist destination in the summer.
The cost of living is one of the lowest in North America. However, it has a dwindling population from a depressed economy. That is why a local radio host launched a website and a campaign that if Trump becomes president, you should move to Cape Breton.
“All the sudden the joke is over and this is serious. We have a serious problem and people are showing a serious interest in moving here,” said the website’s creator Rob Calibrese.
The site has had almost 1 million clicks since its launch. And the small town’s tourism department, which normally fields two calls per day, has had to staff five people to answer phones around the clock.