Canada Chuckles as US Voters Swear They'll Storm Border

Switching countries is no easy task

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 6, 2012 11:26 AM CST

(Newser) – We've all heard the refrain: "I'm moving to Canada if Barack Obama/Mitt Romney doesn't win the election." Writing in the Washington Post, Max Fisher finds that many Canadians would be happy to welcome Americans—particularly the Democrats who tend to make the claim. Asked how they feel about the immigration threats, one Canadian Twitter user responds: "I think it's fine. We share North American values. Canada needs skilled workers + someone to talk NFL with."

Adds another: "Cool by me as long as it's only the good ones. But do they know about our winter?" Others were a little less welcoming. "Build the dang fence!" posts one. The promises to move aren't often kept, a Canadian immigration lawyer tells Discovery, given that immigration doesn't soar after each election. A northward migration is a lot more complicated than it might sound, and lately, it's gotten even tougher, notes Forbes. You'd need to seek permanent residency, through a job offer or marriage, for instance. Even after that, becoming a citizen is a years-long process.

A young girl hides behind a small Canadian flag during the annual Canada Day parade in Montreal, Sunday, July 1, 2012.
A young girl hides behind a small Canadian flag during the annual Canada Day parade in Montreal, Sunday, July 1, 2012.   (AP Photo/The Canadian Press,Graham Hughes)
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