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More People Emigrated To Canada Under Obama Versus Trump

Every four years, celebrities vow to leave the country if so-and-so wins the presidential election. In 2016, Bryan Cranston, Barbra Streisand, Chelsea Handler and Amy Schumer all said they would leave America if Donald Trump won.

And Lena Dunham said she would bail to Vancouver, going one further than her fellow B-list friends: “I know a lot of people have been threatening to do this, but I really will.”

Of course, Dunham didn’t move (she said her vow was a “joke,” but she’s so unfunny it’s sometimes hard to tell).

And now it turns out there wasn’t a rush of disgruntled Americans crossing the Canadian border after Trump took the White House.

From January to April this year, an average of 400 people per month applied for entry to Canada, up from 264 in 2016. But that’s still way down from the number of people seeking to move to Canada in 2011, the year before Barack Obama was re-elected. That year, an average 564 Americans a month were trying to become Canadian, according to statistics from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, the National Post reported.

There was a rise in traffic to Canada’s website on immigration on Election Day 2016, causing it to crash. But since then, all the numbers are down.

The “Trump bump” wasn’t a major anomaly in numbers of new U.S.-born citizenship applications, however, the data show, although there could be a delay in seeing the “bump” in the data if people moved to Canada in the past six months intending to apply for citizenship later.

Either way, it appears the number of Americans opting to become citizens has significantly decreased. In the past 10 years’ worth of data, 2016 and 2015 saw the lowest numbers of applicants, with 3,168 and 3,623 applicants, respectively. In each of the seven preceding years, there was an average of 5,712.

About 88 per cent of U.S.-born applicants end up being granted citizenship, based on the years 2008 through 2015. More than 42,000 applicants between March 2007 and April 2017 have become Canadian citizens (with many applications from the past few months yet to be processed).

But there’s still time to get those numbers up — if all those celebrities make good on their vows to vamoose.

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