Surge in Brits Googling NZ after Boris Johnson's UK election victory

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson has promised to lead a “people’s government” and “spread opportunity” across the UK.

The number of Brits looking up immigration to New Zealand and Australia online has surged after Boris Johnson’s UK election victory.

Google figures showed a big increase in the number of UK residents typing “New Zealand immigration” into the search engine in December.

In Google Trends data, a value of 100 is the peak popularity for a term in a given region and time, while a value of 50 means the term is half as popular.

The terms “New Zealand immigration” and “immigration to New Zealand” both reached their highest popularity for the year on December 14. The term “Australia immigration” did, too. 

The number of UK residents Googling New Zealand hasn’t reached similar levels since March, around the time of the Christchurch mosque shootings. 

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Search terms like “New Zealand prime minister,” “Australia prime minister” and “Canada immigration” also increased in December. The term “how to move abroad” reached peak popularity for the year on December 14.

Last week, British voters went to the polls in a snap election called by Conservative Party leader Boris Johnson who vowed to “get Brexit done”. Johnson won decisively against Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn.

The Brexit divorce bill is expected to receive strong support in Parliament, where Johnson’s Conservatives now hold a strong majority. 

If the bill passes and Britain leaves the EU on time, the country will enter a transition period when EU rules and regulations would still apply and people and goods would still be able to pass freely between the UK and the remaining EU members.

Conservative Party leader Boris Johnson won decisively in the UK general election last week.

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Conservative Party leader Boris Johnson won decisively in the UK general election last week.

Negotiators for the British government and the EU would start trade talks with an eye toward reaching a comprehensive post-Brexit agreement.

Queen Elizabeth II will formally open Parliament on Thursday. 

Immigration New Zealand has been contacted for comment. 

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