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More People Have Moved To Canada Since Trump's Election

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While Rosie O'Donnell and a number of other celebrities who threatened to move to Canada after Trump's election may ultimately have decided not to, American immigration rates to Canada have risen slightly during President Donald Trump's first 100 days in office.

Reports from the Canadian government say that 2,325 Americans were granted residency in the country during the first few months of the Trump administration, according to USA Today. This is 100 more people than the first quarter of last year, and 1,000 more than the first quarter of 2015. 

If immigration continues at this rate, then approximately 9,300 Americans will have permanently relocated to Canada by the end of the year, which would be the highest number since 2008.

During the 2016 presidential election, a number of liberals -- including celebrities -- threatened to move to Canada if Trump were elected, according to the Daily Mail. Huge stars like O'Donnell, Whoopi Goldberg, Miley Cyrus, Samuel L. Jackson, and Amy Schumer said that they would pack up and leave the United States before Trump's inauguration, according to the Daily Mail. 

But after Trump's inauguration, the stars either changed their minds or said that they were joking.

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"I'm not leaving the country that I was born and raised in," she said shortly after Trump's election, despite threatening to leave earlier. "You don't get to tell me that I'm going."

Schumer had a similar response, saying that her threats to move were all in jest.

"Anyone saying pack your bags is just as disgusting as anyone who voted for this racist homophobic openly disrespectful woman abuser," she said, shortly after the election. "Like the rest of us I am grieving today. My heart is in a million pieces. My heart breaks for my niece and my friends who are pregnant bringing children into the world right now."

Most immigration threats aren't serious, said Montreal immigration lawyer David Cohen, and it's common for Americans to say they're moving to Canada before an election, no matter who the candidates are. But after the election, they still can't bring themselves to leave their homes. 

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"At the end of the day the numbers remain kind of the same," he told USA Today. "Americans move here for love and for work and for very few other reasons."

Indeed, there is nothing in the current data to suggest that massive flocks of Americans are making the trek up north. 

Cohen said that the numbers are "marginally higher, but we are not yet seeing any kind of stampede to Canada."

Sources: USA Today, Daily Mail / Featured Image: abdallahh/Flickr / Embedded Images: Gage Skidmore/FlickrJeff Nelson/Flickr

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