The number of Americans applying for citizenship in New Zealand has soared since Trump took office in November. The island nation is an attractive option for Americans looking for a fresh start – it’s over 6,000 miles from the US and is known for it’s majestic landscape.
Although sheep outnumber New Zealand’s human residents nearly six to one, it’s population and popularity with Americans is growing. Alanna Irving moved To New Zealand six years ago from San Francisco, and now calls it home:
“It’s an extremely livable place and you can see and palpably feel the difference in how society is organized, and what people prioritize. New Zealand is a place that cares about equality, I think more. It’s less individualistic, more community-minded.”
Continuing on about the presidential election she said:
“there were people in the United States who feel like things are going in a very different direction than they want for their future, or for their children, and they’re looking to New Zealand as perhaps an alternative.”
According to New Zealand law, new residents must typically live in the country for five years before obtaining citizenship. If you’re considering following in Alanna’s footsteps, be sure to read up on what the New Zealand’s citizenship requirements here.