Canada Experiences an Increase of American Applications
Americans showing interest in Canada has been higher than ever before. Since the 2016 election, Americans immigrating to Canada have significantly increased. Some Americans are migrating for better education, better jobs, safer communities, etc. According to the employment website Monster, the number of Americans searching for jobs in Canada have increased by 58% in the past year.
Many highly-skilled workers in America are moving their talent from the United States to Canada as their co-workers are having a harder time obtaining a work visa in the US compared to their neighbor, Canada. Without mentioning the United States nor their President, Christy Clark (a Canadian politician) made a clear message which was: “If the U.S. won’t welcome the world’s brightest engineers and programmers, so much the better for Canada.” Clark went on to say “While other countries are looking in, let’s be a country and a province that is looking out. One that is reaching out to the world that is building bridges to the world that is welcoming people in — the best and the brightest from every corner around the globe.”
Colleges across Canada have said that the applications and website traffic from the U.S. has been surging since Trump’s victory November 8th. Some have said that this is because Canada has been targeting Americans to attend their schools, but the colleges said that the interest has spiked way beyond their expectations.
Canada already has a notion of being a much safer place for women but now many women, are leaving America for a more secure land. Campus sexual assault has been a large topic of women who are scared because of the possibility of Trump’s administration easing the enforcement of federal rules against sexual assault. Lara Godoff, one of the women concerned about her safety, said that she scrapped any notion of attending college in the U.S. after the election. “If we live in a country where so many people could elect Donald Trump, then that’s not a country I want to live in,” she said.
Now some people may say that is very extreme, but the facts say that the applications to the University of Toronto from American students have jumped 70 percent since last year. Other Canadian universities have seen increases of 20 percent or more. The senior manager of global undergraduate recruitment at McGill University in Montreal stated that she believes many of the students are also drawn by the school’s diversity and the affordable cost of living in Canada. The vice provost for international education at the University of Buffalo is expecting a shortage of international students in their New York college. He said, “It’s going to be perhaps a little bit rocky for a couple of years.”
High school senior, Rebekah Robinson from Baltimore, is already enrolled for fall 2016 at the University of Toronto joked that she was fleeing the country to escape Trump. “I really liked the school,” she said. “I liked the programs they offered, and I thought it was a great fit for me, so the president and the election just kind of played a small factor in it.”
Typically Americans have not thought of Canada as a destination for college. In 2014, Canada drew only 9,000 American students compared to the 57,000 Chinese students. With the newest election and international ties, Canada is estimating to double the number of international students by 2022.
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