‘I’m a Brit... get me outta here!’ Google searches for new places to live soar in post-Brexit UK
“How to move to..?” searches spiked, according to Google Trends, as UK users adopted an ‘anywhere is better than here’ mentality and checked out alternative living options in the hope of making their own quick exit.
Canada, already signaled as a stand-by option for many Americans to move to if Trump becomes president, also proved popular with a disenchanted UK audience.
As soon as anything major happens in another country, people want to move to Canada.— Hollee@AX-2225 (@SoundlessWind) June 24, 2016
The search term “How to move to Canada?” rocketed on Friday, proving most popular with people in Wales, followed by England and Scotland.
“How to move to Canada from UK,” was another popular search term in the wake of Brexit, according to Google Trends.
the usa and uk are both screwed, y'all are invited to move to canada and live with me among the moose and maple syrup— nadia (@dannyfIame) June 24, 2016
Seems like a lot of people want to move to Canada with me. We're gonna need a bigger boat. Eh?— Toby (@SoTotallyToby) June 24, 2016
Just googled 'moving to canada' along with god knows how many other people. Sorry, Canada, but can you fit one more?— infamy_infamy (@infamy_infamy) June 24, 2016
Why do brits want to move to Canada they aren't in the EU either— Nash (@Nasharchy) June 25, 2016
The dream of sun, sand and an easygoing lifestyle in the southern hemisphere also resonated with many as they searched how to move to Australia and New Zealand.
The majority of searches for “How to move to Australia?” were once again recorded in Wales, while “How to move to New Zealand?” proved a popular search term in England.
Just catching up with the UK news. Is the Queen forced to move to Australia now? She can stay with me— Steven O'Donnell (@bajopants) June 24, 2016
'I'm going to move to Australia now...' - What the same independent country outside the eu that's a thriving upcoming country we all want?😂— James (@JamesKrish1) June 24, 2016
Closer to home Brits also googled how to move to Ireland and even Scotland, perhaps in anticipation of a proposed second referendum for Scottish Independence.
Others have been suggesting that the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland all join together to create a formidable state: “The Union of Craic”!
In spite of the political uncertainty in the United States, UK residents searching to emigrate have not ruled out that option either, with interest predominantly coming from Scotland and England.
While individual EU countries, such as Spain, France and Germany are getting a look in too during the frantic relocation searches, the more general question “How to move to the EU?” saw a massive surge.
Google has been inundated with Brexit-related searches after Britain voted to exit the European Union 52% to 48%. The queries highlighted the lack of information many voters seemed to have going to the polls as well as the panic brought on by the country’s decision to exit the EU.
Searches on Brexit weren’t exclusive to those in the UK as “United Kingdom EU referendum” even topped google searches stateside.