People Moving to Canada from the United States
Canada is a promised land for immigrants from all over the world -- including the United States. In fact, American-born people living in Canada as either citizens or part-time residents number between one and two million, yet Canada's entire citizen population is under 35,000,000.
So why are people moving to Canada from the United States? Here are some answers, along with some history.
Some Reasons Why American Ex-pats Become Canadian:
American ex-pats are fond of Canada's established socialized healthcare for all citizens, whereas in America national healthcare is a contentious issue that has been thrown around for decades.
Canadian society is much less political and less interventionist during international wars.
Canada has restrictive gun laws that liberal individuals prefer.
More open territory. The comparison of population per square mile, U.S. vs. Canada, is 33.2/sq. mi. U.S. and 3.7/sq. mi. Canada.
Americans who study abroad in Canada earn more points toward citizenship eligibility. For some people their Canadian university experience drives their desire to become citizens.
Americans with French heritage are sometimes drawn to the idea of re-establishing life in Quebec, where their French-Canadian ancestors are from.
A job offer gives some Americans the exposure of "being Canadian". Their experience motivates them to apply for citizenship.
An American meets the love of his or her life who happens to be Canadian. They get married and settle in Canada together.
The most common complaint of new Canadians is usually grief about high sales taxes.
American immigration to Canada is not a new phenomenon
The immigration of people moving to Canada from the United states spiked during the following periods in history:
- During the American Revolution, many Americans who sympathized with Britain fled the colonies to live under British law in Canada. Thousands of African-Americans also fled to Canada during this time to get freedom from slavery under Canadian law.
- In the War of 1812, where Americans sought to flee the conditions of war by going up north.
- During the 1800s, black slaves escaped to Canada via the Underground Railroad.
- The Vietnam War saw many American draft dodgers flee to Canada to save themselves from prison sentences in the states.
- In 2006, almost 11,000 Americans moved to Canada, the most ever since the Vietnam War.