Every election season, Americans threaten to move to Canada if their candidates lose. This year is no different. The day after Election Day "Immigration to Canada" was the lead trending topic on Facebook.
But setting up life in another country is more complicated than many people think, experts say. And although many Americans happily relocate - often for reasons unrelated to politics - their new reality is not necessarily as idyllic as some may hope. Canada, after all, has problems, too.
Ultimately, threats to move northward end up falling flat as Americans confront the hoops they need to jump through to get in, said David Cohen, senior partner at Campbell Cohen, a Canadian immigration law firm in Montreal. Statistically, numbers of immigrants don't actually peak every four years.
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"We're a large-sized immigration law firm and we get calls with regularity, but certainly the intensity of the callers changes after the election and the volume of calls increase as well," Cohen said. "In the final analysis, when push comes to shove, Americans are reluctant to give up what they have. I believe, from my experience, that Americans feel strongly at the end of the day that the United States is their country. The vast majority return to the homeland."