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Upset about the election? Here are a few things you need to know before you follow through on that promise and pack your bags for Canada.

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The United States’ northern neighbor is a magnet for disgruntled Yankees looking for a new place to live following an election that doesn’t end how they wished it would, and the outcome of the Obama-Romney race wasn’t any different. Except, perhaps for the reality many anti-Obamacare migrants will have to deal with when faced with a socialized healthcare system if they do indeed move north.

Canada has detailed information online about how to emigrate available online. News aggregating pioneer The Week covered the issue earlier this week in its story “Can you really move to Canada if your candidate loses?” and reported:

[T]hreats to move northward end up falling flat as Americans confront the hoops they need to jump through to get in,”says Emily Sohn at Discovery News. “Statistically, numbers of immigrants don’t actually peak every four years.” The last time there was a significant immigration wave from America to Canada was during the Vietnam War, when many fled to escape the draft.

The complicated nature of moving to another country doesn’t put a damper on social media activity. Twitter was abuzz with promises to move north before and after the race was decided late Tuesday:

These eager emigrants would likely be surprised that the politics they find from Vancouver to Newfoundland would make a poetry slam in Berkeley, California look downright square. According to The National Post, if the election was up to Canadians President Obama would carry 78% of the vote.


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