Could a northern exodus happen in the near future? 'Move to Canada' saw a big uptick in Google searches by Americans after the U.S. presidential debate. A lot of our neighbours to the south are wondering how they can come up here but they might not be able to just yet.\nEditor's Choice: Canada's New Map Tool Shows You COVID-19 Trends From Where You Live\n\nWhy do Americans want to move to Canada?\nIt seems that the first U.S. presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden on September 29 has sparked an interest in moving for a lot of Americans.\nTopics like climate change, racial justice, COVID-19, mail-in voting and the Supreme Court were debated by the two vying for the job.\nThey both talked over each other quite often and it got heated at one point when Biden actually said, "Will you shut up, man?"\nBased on Google Trends data, searches for "move to Canada" in the U.S. spiked by a lot between 8-10 p.m. ET that night which was just before the debate started and just before it ended.\nThen, the next morning from 5-7 a.m. ET, there was another surge in searches for "move to Canada."\nIt seems some Americans woke up with a post-debate hangover and started wondering how to get out of their own country.\nRelated searches like "can U.S. citizens travel to Canada" and "I want to move to Canada where do I start" increased by more than 100% recently as well.\n\n \n \n \n \n \n Google Trends\n \n \n \n\nWhich states are the most interested?\nAmericans in some states are more interested in and curious about moving to Canada than others.\nOregon is where the search has been the most popular after the debate.\nThat's followed by Vermont, Washington, Colorado, Minnesota, Maine and Idaho.\nMost of those places share a border with Canada.\nOregon isn't a border state but it's far north enough that it's pretty close to our country.\nColorado is where the "move to Canada" search has been popular that's the furthest south.\n\nCan Americans just come here?\nWhile Americans are increasingly searching up how to move to Canada, it's a bit complicated.\nThe Canada-U.S. border closure agreement has been extended to October 21 so our neighbours can't just pack up their cars and head north.\nThere have been reports that the non-essential travel ban will last into November.\nThat being said, it's not like they can come over and stay forever once the border reopens; they'd have to get some type of visa first.\nAs people in our neighbouring country are trying to figure out if they're going to move here, some Canadians were tweeting about how glad they are to not live there. \nThe phrase "as a Canadian" even began trending on Twitter with so many people offering their opinion on the debate as outsiders.