Americans consider New Zealand move

Stone Sculpture Parliament Building, Wellington New Zealand

Immigration authorities in New Zealand on Thursday reported a dramatic increase in the number of Americans enquiring about moving to the country, following Donald Trump’s win in the US presidential election.

 Immigration New Zealand (INZ) said its website had received 56,300 visits from people in the United States in the 24 hours up to 9am (2000 GMT Wednesday), almost 25 times the usual daily average of 2,300 visits.

“In the same 24-hour period the New Zealand Now website – which contains information about living, working, studying and investing in New Zealand – received 70,500 visits from the United States compared to a usual daily average of 1500 visits,” a spokesperson said.

In the year to June, 1,288 Americans were granted residency in New Zealand. Another 8,876 were granted work visas and 2,997 were issued with student visas.

US media reported Wednesday that Canada’s immigration website had crashed due to a high number of visits, which was thought to be linked to people wanting to emigrate north from the US.

Australian website also reported an increase in people searching for information online about moving to Australia.