It seems as though some U.S. voters were so horrified by the idea of living in a Trump America that they crashed immigration websites in New Zealand and Canada in their bid to find an alternative safe haven.
Huge Surge of Traffic From The U.S.
After the big shock of the Presidential election, the New Zealand immigration website INZ (immigration.govt.nz) is reported to have received a whopping 2,500% increase in traffic in just 24 hours. For a website that would normally receive 5, 300 visitors in one day, a spike of 56,300 visits was a shock to the website administrators.
U.S. voters also took to New Zealand’s partner immigration website NZ Now (newzealandnow.govt.nz) in their tens of thousands. According to reports from Forsythe, instead of the regular 3,000 registrations of immigration interest in a 24 hour period, the period after the U.S election result attracted a mighty 7,300 registrations of interest in just 24 hours. The increase in traffic on this immigration website was even more marked with 70,500 people visiting the website in that one day as opposed to the normal daily average of 1,500. That just says something.
Canadian Immigration Website Crashed.
After Mr Trump’s election victory, reportedly, visitors surged in such huge numbers to the official immigration website for Canada that it crashed. Most visitors to the website that day were only able to see a ‘This site can’t be reached’ message as Shared Services Canada reportedly worked through the night to put the website back up again.
The trail left by disgruntled and disillusioned U.S. voters could be seen last Wednesday as many took to Twitter to discuss potentially moving to other countries. Canada and New Zealand were obviously the most popular suggestions.
What Does This Mean For Your Business?
Incidents like the above are indicators of expected level of change in the country by the citizens themselves, and to UK businesses who deal with U.S. customers, as well as the initial changes in the money markets it is important to keep a close eye on the changing economic environment in the U.S. in the coming months and years.
If you travel to the U.S. for business it may also be important to take note of any changes to immigration and border control rules, as Mr Trump has focused on this area in many of his election messages. Some financial commentators have also warned that Mr Trump’s win could have an effect upon work ‘money purchase’ or ‘defined contribution’ pension schemes because they are linked to stock market performance.