At­lantic Canada can ben­e­fit from south­ern neigh­bours leav­ing Trump’s Amer­ica, Dal prof says. Here’s how

Gallup sur­vey re­veals 16% of Amer­i­cans would rather leave the U.S. than stay

StarMetro Halifax - - FRONT PAGE - TARYN GRANT

The re­sults of a re­cent poll sug­gest that a record num­ber of Amer­i­cans are think­ing about mi­grat­ing to Canada, and one Dal­housie Univer­sity pro­fes­sor says Hal­i­fax should seize the op­por­tu­nity to en­tice them to the area.

Last week the Amer­i­can polling com­pany Gallup re­leased the re­sults of a phone sur­vey that asked Amer­i­cans whether they would per­ma­nently move to an­other coun­try, given the op­por­tu­nity. Two years into the Trump pres­i­dency, 16 per cent of Amer­i­cans said they would rather leave the U.S. than stay, which is a marked in­crease com­pared to the pre­vi­ous two ad­min­is­tra­tions.

In the Obama years, an av­er­age of 10 per cent of Amer­i­cans said they wanted to leave; in the Ge­orge W. Bush years, an av­er­age of 11 per cent said they wanted to leave. Among those who cur­rently say they want to em­i­grate, Canada was the top pick for a hy­po­thet­i­cal new home. So­ci­ol­ogy pro­fes­sor Howard Ramos said we

should cap­i­tal­ize on this.

“There’s a huge op­por­tu­nity for Cana­dian uni­ver­si­ties, Cana­dian busi­nesses and Cana­dian cities and prov­inces to try to at­tract peo­ple who might ex­press that sen­ti­ment and may be will­ing to make some ac­tion based on that,” said Ramos, whose stud­ies in­clude im­mi­gra­tion.

At­lantic Canada in par­tic­u­lar,

he said, could ben­e­fit from an in­flux of Amer­i­can im­mi­grants to help grow the pop­u­la­tion and the econ­omy.

The Gallup poll re­sults sug­gest that women, peo­ple un­der the age of 30 and low-in­come earn­ers are the most likely to want to leave the U.S. right now. When the data is bro­ken down fur­ther, it shows that women un­der the

age of 30 are es­pe­cially ready to em­i­grate, with 40 per cent say­ing they would go if they had the chance.

But de­sires and in­ten­tions are not the same thing, and as the poll­sters point out, the re­sults of­fer no ev­i­dence that a mass mi­gra­tion is im­mi­nent.

Still, Ramos said a bit of tar­geted cam­paign­ing could spur dis­con­tented Amer­i­cans

into ac­tion, and he points to other in­di­ca­tors of their in­ter­est, aside from the new Gallup poll. When Don­ald Trump was in the pres­i­den­tial race, a tongue-in-cheek cam­paign called “Cape Bre­ton if Don­ald Trump Wins” went vi­ral and turned up thou­sands of se­ri­ous in­quiries.

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A new Gallup poll sug­gests that more Amer­i­cans want to leave the coun­try now than dur­ing the past two pres­i­den­cies. The re­sults sug­gest that women and peo­ple un­der the age of 30 are the most likely to want to leave.

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