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
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.
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.