President #Donald Trump has issued a several executive orders after assuming office which has led to an uneasiness among some #Americans who are worried about their future. This is evident from the fact that there is a rush from people of American origin to get citizenship of #New Zealand. They probably feel hemmed in from all quarters and want to escape from an uncertain future.
Americans are afraid
New Zealand Herald reports that there is a marked increase in the number of Americans who have applied for the grant of NZ citizenship.
The increase is of the order of nearly 70% when compared to the same period last year. Similarly, the number of Americans who got a New Zealand work visa in January has gone up by 18% in comparison to last year. A similar trend is visible with respect to Americans who visited New Zealand, in person, to explore the opportunities available in that country.
The jitters in the United States of America cannot be wished away because, two days after the election in November, there was a rush of Americans to visit the website of Department of Internal Affairs. They wanted to know about procedures involved in getting a New Zealand citizenship. The number is believed to have been more than ten times as compared to earlier periods.
One important condition for Americans, who apply for New Zealand citizenship, is that they must have lived in the country for at least five years.
Why the sudden urge to relocate
It is a fact that the total number of Americans who want to obtain a New Zealand citizenship is low.
The country is more than 10,000-Km way from mainland America. One group of applicants are Americans who have a New Zealand parent. Then there are friends and families of Americans, who have already settled here and they want to obtain citizenship of New Zealand.
A 33-year-old technology startup entrepreneur from San Francisco who came to Kiwi country six years ago and has, since, married a local feels that the country cares about equality, is less individualistic, and more community-minded. The sudden urge of Americans to relocate to this remote location could be attributed to their need for a safe country in view of the uncertainties associated with the world of today.