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The Canadian immigration website crashes as Donald Trump wins the US Presidential elections

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It looks like it is not only the celebrities who are making plans to flee the United States if Donald Trump wins the presidency as reports are coming in that the Canadian immigration website has broken in wake of a Trump victory.

It seems many Americans look to leave the United States in the immediate aftermath of Trump’s election as the free world’s new president. The official site for ‘Citizenship and Immigration Canada’ has crashed, apparently due to the massive number of people looking emigrate to the country, according to the Independent.

The Canadian website would usually offer ways of applying either to become a citizen or live in the country. But people who are trying to access it are only able to see a long loading page or a post of a “500 – Internal server error” message, with no proper access to the website.

CNN reported that although there is no guarantee that Donald Trump winning the US presidency and the Canadian immigration site crashing are connected, given the loud insistence of many Americans in the event of an unfavorable election outcome, it is not impossible to assume that many despondent voters are exploring options.

Additionally, google searches for “how can I move to Canada” went up 350% according to Simon Rogers, a data editor at Google, when Trump swept Super Tuesday on March 2 and the trend is gathering strength as similar phrases have went up exponentially.

American celebrities like Bryan Cranston, Barbra Streisand, Miley Cyrus, Cher and others have all declared their plans to leave the United States if or when Trump wins the presidency. Indeed, Canada would provide a welcome respite to the relentless nastiness of 2016 US Presidential election.

According to CNN, the similar thing happened when George W. Bush ascended the US presidency for the second time in 2004 but there is not enough evidence that many Americans actually followed through.

The few people who followed through to migrate to Canada is probably at least in part because it is not easy to make the move. It will take money, time and extensive paperwork to become a Canadian, unless there is a parent or child who has citizenship, a job offer or a winning ticket in a citizenship lottery.

But for most people, logging on to a working Canadian immigration website helps.

Picture Courtesy: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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