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Australia experiences influx of American immigration queries

Australia's top tourist spenders came from China, UK, US, New Zealand and Japan. Photo: Getty
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Thousands of Americans looking to leave Donald Trump’s United States have targeted Australia as a potential new home.

According to REA Group chief economist Nerida Conisbee, views of international properties from American-based users tripled after President-elect Trump claimed victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton on Wednesday.

Statistics collected from US real estate website Realtor.com show visits were up 329 per cent compared to the week prior.

And visits to its Australian partner Realestate.com.au also saw an increase with US-based traffic up 36 per cent the day after the election.

It had increased a further 16 per cent by November 10.

“We did certainly see Australia as being a destination that was searched,” Ms Conisbee told The New Daily.

“We have seen a spike following the election result from the US.”

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection noted an influx of Americans visiting its website.

“There has been an increase in traffic to the Department’s website from the United States over the past 24 hours,” a spokesperson said.

The Department could not provide specific figures.

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Americans wanting to leave Donald Trump’s US indicated Melbourne as a potential new home. Photo: Getty

Americans on the move

Australia’s capital cities and most popular tourist destinations were among the most-searched locations for disgruntled Americans, according to Realestate.com.au.

Sydney was the number one searched city, with Melbourne and the largely unknown Woodville South in South Australia rounding out the top three.

Adelaide, Brisbane, Bondi Beach and Surfers Paradise were some of the other most desired property locations.

The majority of disillusioned US searches came from majority Democratic states, with California and New York topping the list.

Swing states that narrowly fell the Republican way in this year’s election, like Florida, Michigan and Pennsylvania, were also in the top 10.

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People from Democratic states such as New York and California were looking elsewhere. Photo: Getty

However, Ms Conisbee said Australia was just one of the countries Americans looked at, and it certainly wasn’t the main one.

“We didn’t see quite the same number of searches in Australia as we saw in Canada, Mexico and Jamaica, those three were the ones we really saw a spike coming out of the US,” Ms Conisbee said.

She said New Zealand was another highly searched destination.

“A lot of people would already have family in those countries,” she said.

“If anyone is looking to move out of the US as a result of the election they would probably be moving somewhere where they already have established contacts and established family.”

According to The Guardian, New Zealand’s immigration website was inundated with US-based visitors, with traffic increasing from 2300 visits to 56,300 the day after the election.

Canada’s immigration website also had a heavy influx of traffic causing it to crash on Thursday.

Canadian news source CBC reported half of the 200,000 visitors were using American IP addresses – meaning they were searching from within the US.

The top 10 searched locations in Australia:

  1. Sydney
  2. Melbourne
  3. Woodville South (South Australia)
  4. Adelaide
  5. Brisbane
  6. Broadbeach Waters (Queensland)
  7. Surfers Paradise (Queensland)
  8. Chapel Hill (Queensland)
  9. Manly (New South Wales)
  10. Bondi Beach (New South Wales)

The top 10 US states searching Australian properties:

  1. California
  2. New York
  3. Texas
  4. Florida
  5. Illinois
  6. New Jersey
  7. Michigan
  8. Pennsylvania
  9. Washington
  10. Massachusetts

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