Canadians less willing to move to U.S.

Those living south of the border want to return
||Last Updated: 04/09/2003

A poll conducted in October reveals that Canadians are more reluctant to move to the United States following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

In February, 37 per cent of Canadians said they would be willing to move to the United States. In October, a poll conducted by Goldfarb Consultants indicates that number has dropped to 21 per cent.

The Globe and Mail

reports that the sentiment extends even further: Canadians who already live south of the border are longing to return to their homeland.

Canadians who left for greener pastures to the south did so because they felt stymied in their careers and were sure they could climb the ladder of success faster in the U.S.

The reluctance to move and the eagerness to return are motivated in part by the Sept. 11 attacks and the troubled economic times in the United States. Other reasons, however, have more to do with a longing for things Canadian – Hockey Night in Canada, the French language, a Canadian mentality and perspective, family.

Many of those who are planning to return either have children born since they moved to the U.S. or are about to start a family. They want to raise their children in Canada.

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