Since Donald Trump was elected President of the United States last November, New Zealand has seen a 70% increase in Americans seeking citizenship, according to the Associated Press. While that seems like a jarring statistic of Americans looking to immigrate, only 170 people have sought out citizenship since the election. About 100 people had done the same around the same time last year.
A New Zealand immigration consultant told the AP that this probably isn’t a result of people looking to the flee the country, rather Americans already living abroad looking to stay there. However, the day after the election more than 10 times the number of people visited the New Zealand immigration website, according to Vice.
It is definitely interesting to look at immigration from a perspective I’m not used to seeing. Typically immigration coverage here is centered around people immigration to the U.S. not from the the U.S. However, for anyone looking to being a certified Kiwi, you must live in the country for five years before you can apply for citizenship.
On a related note, according to the National Observer, more Americans have sought refugee status in Canada than Mexicans. From January to October 2016, 90 Americans crossed the border to seek asylum in Canada. In just the week after Trump’s inauguration, 61 people tried to do the same.
According to Yahoo Finance, Americans are also quitting their jobs at the fastest rate in 16 years. The article interprets this as Americans having confidence in the economy and being able to find a new, better job. But, in reading that in conjunction with these other articles about Americans fleeing the country, I found it to be notable.
While none of these numbers of Americans leaving may be huge, it was interesting to flip the perspective for once.