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Move to New Zealand? US migration inquiries rise 24-fold after election day

The Guardian The Guardian 10/11/2016 Eleanor Ainge Roy

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The election of Donald Trump as America’s next president has sent shockwaves around the globe – and resulted in a rush of interest from Americans in emigrating to New Zealand.

In the past 24 hours, the website of Immigration New Zealand (INZ) received 56,300 visits from the US – a huge rise on its daily average of 2,300. Within the same period, more than 7,000 Americans registered interest in moving to New Zealand, which is more than double the monthly average.

Similar spikes of interest in New Zealand were noted by INZ from Britons in the months after Brexit, with New Zealand seen as an ideal resettlement nation due to its shared cultural history with Britain.

The New Zealand Now website – which contains detailed information on living, working, studying and investing in New Zealand – received 70,500 visits from the US in the past 24 hours, or 69,000 more than its daily average.

The surge in interest from Americans in moving to New Zealand began a month before the US presidential election, with twice the level of activity seen compared with a year before.

New Zealand has already seen its highest levels of immigration on record in 2016, and Kiwis were quick to take to Twitter and jokingly defend their borders.

And New Zealand’s media reflected much of the surprise, shock and sense of foreboding that featured on front pages around the world.

In the year to June, 1,288 Americans were approved to take up residence in New Zealand, 8,876 Americans were approved for work visas and 2,997 Americans successfully applied for student visas.

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