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After a polarizing U.K. election, online searches for moving to Canada spike — again

‘Getting Brexit done is now irrefutable’ Boris Johnson declares in election victory speech
WATCH: 'Getting Brexit done is now irrefutable' Boris Johnson declares in election victory speech

With the U.K. Tories scoring a majority win and Prime Minister Boris Johnson vowing to get Brexit done, it seems like some Britons are seeking greener — or colder — pastures. 

Searches in the U.K. for ‘moving to Canada’ spiked significantly on Dec. 12, according to Google

READ MORE: With a Tory majority expected in the U.K., Brexit may seem like a slam dunk — but it’s not

EU leaders congratulate Johnson on win, urge quick vote on Brexit deal
EU leaders congratulate Johnson on win, urge quick vote on Brexit deal

Johnson campaigned on a “get Brexit done” slogan. The result for Thursday’s election was the Conservative Party’s strongest showing since Margaret Thatcher in the 1980s, with 365 Tory MPs elected to the 650-seat House of Commons. 

Johnson called the election result “a powerful new mandate” to end three years of Brexit uncertainty and move forward with the country’s long-stalled deal to leave the European Union.

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It’s not the first time residents of another country have set their eyes on Canada in the aftermath of a polarizing election. 

The future of the U.K. with Brexit moving forward
The future of the U.K. with Brexit moving forward

In March 2016, Google searches for moving to Canada spiked after Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton moved closer to becoming their respective parties’ presidential candidates on Super Tuesday. 

After the U.S. election in 2016, American applications to universities in Canada also increased

READ MORE: ‘Move to Canada’ searches spike on Google during Super Tuesday

Brexit and Corbyn: Why Labour voters switched to Boris Johnson
Brexit and Corbyn: Why Labour voters switched to Boris Johnson

Canada isn’t the only contender for Britons upset with five more years of a Conservative government. 

Online interest for ‘move to Scotland’ also saw a similar spike on Dec. 12. So did ‘move to Denmark’ and ‘move to France.’

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In 2017, there were 5,293 people from the U.K. and its overseas territories admitted as permanent residents of Canada, according to data posted online by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

That same year, Canada admitted more than 286,000 permanent residents, with more than half of them (56 per cent) granted entry under economic programs. The U.K. was one of the top 10 source countries in 2017. 

Information on how to immigrate to Canada can be found here.

UK-Canadian businesses uncertain of future with Brexit
UK-Canadian businesses uncertain of future with Brexit