Construction Technology Festival 2021 opens its physical doors in June

Dubai – Construction Technology Festival (CTF) is back for its third edition. The highly-anticipated physical event will be hosted in person on June 1 and 2, 2021. With 200+ attendees, the event gathers global Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) leaders to share new digital methods that help design, build and operate assets better, and deliver projects more efficiently, quickly, sustainably and safely.

CTF will bring insights from 60+ renowned speakers to the fore as they shed light on the technologies that worked for them and how companies can implement these tools. With 10+ digital disciplines taking centre stage, insights from digital leaders in the AEC industry will help propel growing companies to success by embracing digital transformation.

On June 2, CTF will host the first of its kind Construction Technology Awards to celebrate best-in-class use and leadership of technology within the built environment. Over 50 shortlisted projects, organisations, and people will compete across hotly-contested categories including Digital Transformation, BIM Implementation and Construction Technology Leader of the Year.

CTF is organised by Ventures Connect, a partnership between b2b Connect and Ventures Middle East, two businesses committed to empowering companies across the MENA region while enabling critical connections with key stakeholders and decision makers across various industries.

Why attend CTF?

CTF 2021’s theme is embracing innovation and sustainability within the built environment. Prior to COVID-19, the AEC industry was on the cusp of a new industry 4.0 era. While a host of digital trends were already in motion, they were rapidly expedited by the pandemic. Safety and cost control are now more important than ever, and CTF is where key players can discuss strategies and solutions to bring greater efficiency and resilience to the industry. Embracing the opportunity to reimagine the industry’s future, attendees can explore best-in-class methods to enrich their businesses.

For those looking to register for the event, it’s not too late.

Meet the speakers and partners

Attendees can expect to explore pressing industry topics as 60+ speakers take to the stage; including prestigious organisations like Red Sea Development Company, Amaala, Dubai Municipality, Saudi Aramco, ASGC Construction, CallisonRTKL, ICD Brookfield Place, AECOM and more as part of the lineup.

Agenda topics include Digital Transformation, advanced applications of BIM, Offsite Manufacturing and Productised Construction, AEC Data, Digital Twins, Internet of Things, Machine Learning, 3D Printing, among others.

CTF is supported by a reputable range of partners including Joblio, Knauf, SpaceMaker, Traxxeo, Conser Group, Amana / Dubox, Everest Industries, Aksa Generators, Trans Gulf, Ideal Standard, Tenderd, Bloqwork Technology, Wrench Solutions, Dell Technologies and Wakecap.

CTF is supported by Headline Partner, Joblio

CTF is supported by its Headline Partner, Joblio, a technology-based platform and compliance engine that facilitates ethical recruitment.

Joblio is entering the UAE market, debuting its company to regional industry stakeholders at CTF. It aims to disrupt the region’s labour market by digitising the ecosystem, introducing ethics, transparency and efficiency.

In the spotlight will be Jon Purizhansky, the CEO and founder of Joblio and David Arkless, Chairman. Mr. Arkless is a regular advisor to governments in the United States, several European countries, and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He is the founder of the Future Work Consortium, former president of the board of End Human Trafficking Now, co-chairman of the Business Coalition Against Trafficking, board member of the Education for Employment, and initiator of the UK Modern Day Slavery Act.

With the creation of the National Human Rights Authority, the UAE has identified a need for greater protection of migrant workers as part of its goal to empower vulnerable segments of society.

Since much of the UAE’s construction workforce is made up of people who are impoverished and cannot read, new laws to protect their rights are vital in the nation’s journey to ethical recruitment.

Jon Purizhansky, CEO and founder of Joblio says, “Joblio will help eliminate fraud within the global industry of international relocation of migrant workers. This will be done by using a platform that directly connects employers with foreign job applicants, leaving middlemen out of the picture. This complements the UAE’s mission to safeguard migrant workers’ rights, bringing the construction industry closer to ethical recruitment”.

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About Ventures Connect:

Ventures Connect is a partnership between b2b Connect and Ventures Middle East, two businesses committed to empowering companies across the Middle East and Africa Region while enabling critical connections with key stakeholders and decision makers across various industries.

b2b Connect provides content development across a range of business-to-business formats. It owns, designs, manages and produces events for a range of industry-leading clients in the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey (MENAT). Run by senior media professionals, b2b Connect has a track record of creating innovative and market-driven business-to-business solutions. It also delivers sponsorship and exhibition revenues, conducts industry research and trend analysis, delivers market scoping and commercial validation, and organises trade missions and b2b meetings.

Established in 2002, Ventures Middle East (VME) is an international management consulting company providing strategic business advisory services across the GCC and the wider MENA region. Since inception, its multinational executive leadership team has empowered clients with access to an established business network, market insights and the competitive edge necessary for success. VME covers all sectors and industries and provides unparalleled customized analysis and superior strategic insights.

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Looking for employees?

Joblio’s technology-based platform disrupts the current international labor migration industry by introducing transparent and new compliance methods, thereby optimizing operations and creating new revenues for employers.

Today’s global labor migrant industry is a non-transparent, inefficient, and corrupt monolith run by shady middlemen who sell grossly misrepresented or even non-existent job opportunities to labor migrants. It is an understatement that the current system has multiple inefficiencies and losses. It causes pain to all the existing ecosystem members – employers, labor migrants, and governments alike. Migrant workers across various sectors, industries, and occupations face the risk of exploitation linked to unethical recruitment and employment practices that place workers in vulnerable situations, such as debt slavery or working in forced labor conditions.

Joblio disrupts the status quo by introducing transparency, efficiency, and compliance. By introducing its Ethical Recruitment Platform, which directly connects companies with jobseekers, Joblio creates benefits for all ecosystem participants. Our technology combined with our professional understanding of international migration laws and deep knowledge of the global recruitment landscape allows employers to efficiently and transparently hire staff from other countries.

Unlike traditional employment agencies or recruitment companies, the Joblio platform lays out new standards in the labor market and implements transparent and effective methods in international recruitment. You gain unlimited access to thousands of potential employees – permanent, temporary, or seasonal – for all levels of positions, from basic to managerial. You can find employees not just from Central and Eastern Europe, but also non-European markets: Africa, India, Asia, and Latin America.
The platform allows employers to connect directly with employees through one global Joblio recruitment network, using a filter based on location, experience, and availability that helps make employers search easy to find a suitable candidate.

The biggest assets of the Joblio platform are:

  • Operational efficiency optimization and revenue flows increase
  • Direct access to verified job applicants with no agents or middlemen involved
  • Streamlining work permit applications via a centralized and efficient collection of applicants’ data
  • Ethical Recruitment – free of charge for employees
  • The employer does not take on the costs of recruitment
  • Selection of applicants by skill-set, country of origin, and other factors
  • KYC and Identity Verification for all employees

Principles of cooperation between Joblio and the employer

One of the benefits of using Joblio is that the employer pays a salary directly to the employee. As a result, the employer does not incur additional, unforeseen, and previously unknown costs related to the recruitment of employees. The employee is able to see his final salary in the app. This transparency not only has a positive influence on employees’ outlook and work efficiency, but it also protects their human rights by ensuring that they are no longer cheated by unscrupulous middlemen.

The wage offered to an employee on a platform has to be in compliance with a binding law in a country (except in special cases, e.g. auxiliary work with the harvest, the wage cannot be lower than the minimum wage).

The employer settles up with the Joblio platform once a month. The basis of settling accounts is a list of workers who are hired by the platform, the number of working hours they worked or collected kilograms (e.g., the number of kilograms collected by the above-mentioned employees in a given month).

The procedure

  1. Joblio makes an appraisal of the demand for employees with the employer. We analyze the required competence needed and position profiles, as well as other expectations toward job candidates, including the level of compensation.
  2. We present our offer to the employers.
  3. Employer executes a contract with Joblio platform.
  4. The employer publishes (with our help) his job offer on our platform, and the prospective job applicants can see employers’ offers by browsing the Joblio App.
  5. After the employer publishes a job offer, candidates can search for it according to their own criteria, using a set of filters, making sure that the position received meets their needs and expectations.
  6. We contact our local foreign partners for the most effective possibility of recruiting candidates according to the orders received. Joblio maintains representatives globally who assist with regards to selection, job interviews, background verifications and reference checks, and applicant’s skill tests.
  7. The employer selects employees who have declared their willingness to work.
  8. The employer is able to select candidates among the applicants who have applied for the open employment positions.
  9. The employee processes the selected employees’ applications for the Work Permits in compliance with applicable laws of the host country. Joblio facilitates and catalyzes this process by collecting applicants’ data and documentation swiftly and efficiently.

Additional free services

Joblio provides assistance to the employers throughout the process of revocation/migration and then throughout the period of migrants’ employment. In addition, we educate employees about the culture, customs, and laws of the host counties.

We assure that all applicants will undergo a medical examination 48 hours prior to arrival (including COVID-19 tests).

On the day employees begin work, employers will be assisted by Joblio representatives, who are contact persons for them during these employees’ employment with your company. We are launching a special hotline for this purpose. If the employee does not match employer requirements, a replacement easily can be found on the Joblio platform within a brief window of time.

To create optimal efficiency, the Joblio platform provides employees with the ability to seamlessly and affordably transfer money back home.

Joblio creates a win-win solution for employers and workers alike.
Join us today and experience a completely new and cost-effective way of recruitment process!

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Jon Purizhansky: Interview

Dmitri Dubov: And now we have here with us one of the leading specialists in the industry of global labor migration — American lawyer Jon Purizhansky. Hello Jon.

Jon Purizhansky: Hello Dmitri!

Dmitri: You and your friend and colleague Mr. Dennis Vacco — former New York State Attorney General, are frequent guests on our program War and Peace. I remember how at the beginning of the COVID-19 Pandemic, I asked you how this situation would affect the global landscape of labor migration. In your response, you predicted that country borders will eventually be more restricted and that in the future, we will need to have vaccination certificates to prove that you’re not carrying infectious diseases. Nowadays, we are seeing how governments, one after another, are issuing documents called “the green passports,” which will allow you to travel internationally. What are the other changes the industry of global labor migration has experienced over the last year?

Jon: According to the International Organization for Migration, in 2018 there were more than 250 million labor migrants. In reality, the actual numbers are unknown because the intercontinental migration, such as migration inside Africa or Latin America are not accurately accounted for. At the beginning of the COVID-19 Pandemic, we saw various restrictions adopted by several countries. However, labor migration movements from the underdeveloped into the developed countries did not stop despite the pandemic. Depending on how rapidly the global vaccination campaign progresses over time, world economies will begin opening up, and the industry of global labor immigration will continue to expand. Certain governments have already begun to require anti-body or vaccination certificates as prerequisites for admission into the country. Inevitably, labor migrants will continue to migrate from the third world into more developed countries. From the supply and demand points of view, the global industry remains the same and will continue to expand

Dmitri: As you mention, the global industry of labor migration is monstrously sized and is constantly growing. To some extent, you can even call this industry a byproduct of globalization. At the same time, this industry is filled with non-transparency and non-efficiency. In Israel, we have gotten used to seeing labor migrants from Asia, Africa, and the post-Soviet republics. Israel has many non-governmental organizations that protect the rights of international workers. Being a leading expert in this field, explain to us the causes of these problems and how can these challenges be addressed

Jon: That’s right, Israel actually is one of the leading countries in terms of protecting labor migrants’ rights. For the past three to four decades, the developed world has aged due to low birthrates and has built generational wealth. Irrespective of whether it’s Norway, Japan, Portugal, or Poland, citizens of the more developed countries are unwilling to perform the same type of work that their parents and grandparents engaged in. At the same time, the underdeveloped countries experience high birthrates, have weak economies, and a scarcity of job opportunities, which contributes to the growth of the global labor migration industry. As you mentioned, this industry is, unfortunately, very non-transparent. Around 90% of labor migrants worldwide are low-skilled or unskilled young people who come from remote areas of third-world countries. Employers in the developed world are not directly connected to their prospective employees due to the chain of multiple middlemen currently positioned between employers and employees. These middlemen sell opportunities to work abroad while to the potential labor migrants who are still in their home countries. The workers buying these opportunities have no way to validate the authenticity of the terms of employment that they’re being promised. Consequently, these prospective migrants pay hefty fees to various so-called agents and middlemen, who themselves are not always fully aware of what the real employment conditions are. As a result, when labor migrants receive work visas and then arrive to commence employment, they realize that their job conditions, their pay, etc… Are not what they had been promised. Hence, the workers end up running away or becoming illegal immigrants. These practices take place every day, worldwide on every continent. This gigantic industry’s core challenge is the absolute lack of transparency, which is especially problematic because labor migrants borrow vast sums of money to pay for the opportunities to secure employment abroad. The fact that jobs are being sold to labor migrants is the root cause of this industry’s problems. Currently, this industry is based on what the United Nations refers to as Unethical Recruitment Practices.

Dmitri: How does international law look at such unethical recruitment? Is it legal to receive payments for jobs with unverified conditions? How do the governments and international organizations look at that?

Jon: The majority of countries, including Israel, prohibit charging for international employment recruiting. Some countries are more effective than others. The governments of the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia are very effective and are actually role models within this space. Both of these countries have even established Ministries of Human Resources to regulate the labor migration industry more efficiently. The Philippines is not too far behind either, as they’re trying to effectively regulate this field as well. In most countries, various laws and regulations prohibit middlemen from receiving payments for providing jobs for job seekers.

Dmitri: Let’s talk about globalization. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, there were less restrictions related to cross-border movements. How do the migrant worker movements affect the internal politics and stability in the host countries?

Jon: Great question! Migrant workers’ populations in many countries represent a rather high percentage of the local population. The UAE, for example, has more than 9 million people, of which roughly 8.5 million are migrant workers. Poland has attracted 2.5 million migrant workers, 670,000 of whom had received temporary residence in Poland, meaning that they will eventually become Polish citizens. The sociodemographic landscape is changing due to the migration of people from the 3rd world into the developed countries, and it inevitably affects political and social life in host countries globally

Dmitri: I know that less than a year ago, you founded a company called Joblio. Joblio has grown into a powerful social impact that protects the human rights of labor migrants while creating efficiency for the employers and transparency for government regulators. Please explain to us the concept of Joblio.

Jon: Joblio is a technological platform that provides a free opportunity for migrant workers to directly connect with prospective employers worldwide in circumvention of all so-called agents and middlemen. Joblio does not only match workers with employers directly and free of charge, but it also educates prospective migrants on host countries’ culture, customs, laws, and language, protects their rights post-arrival, and generally becomes the migrant worker’s best friend. Joblio is a social justice platform that disrupts the current inefficient and non-transparent ecosystem with compliance, efficiency, and transparency. As a result, everyone wins — the workers, the employer, and the government.

Dmitri: It sure seems that Joblio has gained virality due to its transparency features. In less than a year, your social justice project became an international project that operates globally on multiple continents. Joblio has gained recognition internationally from the IOM and various multinational corporations. What are Joblio’s plans for further growth and expansion?

Jon Purizhansky: Correct, Joblio is already in dozens of countries. Our plan is to become the global standard for global migration by bringing transparency, compliance, and security into this space. We’re hoping to be in every country within the foreseeable future. We are hoping to effectively cooperate with various international organizations, including the International Organization for Migration. Joblio is a technological platform that disrupts the current inefficient and non-transparent multi-trillion-dollar ecosystem by introducing transparency.

Dmitri: Thank you so much Jon and good luck!

Jon: Thank you, Dmitri.

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How Start Dealing with Pandemic

Well, this pandemic has already taken a lot from our lives, but we have to start dealing with it unless we get some real remedy or medicine to cure the epidemic properly. Till then, you need to get yourself in good physical and mental health.

With a lot going on in the world right now, you get a lot of information nowadays, which is excellent, sometimes it is confusing and fearsome, and the people of the buffalo city New York are facing the same problem. One may get the feeling of fear in anxiety attacks. There are other problems besides depression, which one has to face. So apart from the pandemic which is taking lives, people are getting ill because of stress and anxiety. What the present situation demands are to get ourselves free from the stress and anxiety that is overpowering us says Jon Purizhansky of New York City.

One is usually stressed, and negative thoughts enter your mind whether you are facing the family members, attending patients, disturbed economy, confronting problems at the workplace, dealing with your children in studies when schools are closed, or adapting to the new situation. But all of us in the city have to face this situation united. We are all together in it, so we have to deal with the situation judiciously.

All gyms and other public places are closed due to coronavirus pandemic, and norms of social distancing are enforced. Therefore one must exercise regularly at home. You can do brisk walking, running, hiking, or play with your children to shun negativity and feel better as a group of good hormones called endorphins are secreted within the brain.

So How Can You Deal With It Efficiently?

Dealing with this pandemic is not that easy, but the people of the city have learned. And here are few more added tips for the people to cope up by keeping their mental and physical health intact says Jon Purizhansky of New York City.

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Eat nutritious food. Stress could severely affect your metabolism and eating habits. People do overeating when there is a lot of pressure on their minds, and to prevent it, one should study carefully what makes him eat more and prepare himself to fight the urge. One must know the cause of the stress and handling the triggers of overeating when you become emotional.

Exercise regularly, meditate to keep your mind at peace in this situation of a pandemic. Stand for each other when in trying, as in unity, we can overcome this situation of crises says Jon Purizhansky of New York City. Support the government of the country and your city in every step they take. Follow the rules for yourself and the safety of others.

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Covid 19 – Impacts Buffalo Tourism

The outbreak of the novel Corona disease has taken in its grip many countries around the world. Out of which the most hit countries having a significant loss of life in the United States and Italy. This has caused major concern to not only the human experience around but also to global trade. One of the most impacted sectors in Western New York is tourism. The city of Buffalo – similar to other global cities has been strongly impacted by the pandemic.  Buffalo is currently facing a major business and tourism crisis light of the COVID 19, says NY based immigration-attorney Jon Purizhansky.

Covid 19, also referred to as Coronavirus, is a pandemic that has affected nearly the entire world. While New York City quickly became the epicenter of the virus, Buffalo and surrounding regions quickly became impacted.  Numerous local events have been canceled or indefinitely postponed, such as St. Patrick’s Day Parades, sporting events, school attendance, and nearly all non-essential local businesses have shuttered. Mayor Byron Brown has put together a strong task force specific to combating COVID 19 and positioning Buffalo to overcome its negative effects.


It’s odd to see empty streets, open highways, and little activity in such a strong community centric environment, continued Jon Purizhansky. The drastic city measures are required as the Covid 19 virus has shown to be highly contagious and, in some circumstances, lethal.  Many local hospitals are beyond capacity to accommodate the virus infected patients, and as a result local officials are taking drastic measures to encourage social distancing and common testing to slow the rate of infection until a vaccine is developed.

The virus was first identified in China, and quickly spread to other parts of Asia and Europe.  Italy became a “hot spot” of infections prior to the US penetration.  In the United States, a coordinate federal and local effort to provide adequate healthcare resources – including personal protective equipment for health care professionals, and widely available testing is a priority.

While the city of Buffalo has been impacted as much of the region and country, there is hope for many reasons, says Jon Purizhansky.  Buffalo is home to leading medical centers which have superior resources and adequate space to accommodate patients.  In addition, Buffalo is not as densely populated as other cities thus citizens may social distance in a more natural manner.  Nonetheless, this chapter will leave a mark on the country and the city itself, but positivity and forward thinking will help bring a positive outcome.

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Covid-19 Impact Upon Public Services Buffalo, NY

COVID-19 has undoubtedly affected the city of New York and surrounding areas of New York state, including the city of Buffalo. Each day the virus spreads, and its impact spreads throughout people’s lives – including health, financial, and safety, says NY-based attorney Jon Purizhansky.  While the virus is debilitating people throughout the region filling up NY hospitals, its collateral effects are impacting everyone.

Throughout the country, people are practicing social distancing.  Under social distancing guidelines, it’s encouraged that people stay 6 feet apart from each other, and adorn personal protective equipment when in public – gloves, face masks, etc – and routinely wash hands.  As a result, the fabric of American society has been impacted – restaurants are shuttered, airports are empty, hotels are vacant, and the list continues.  The unemployment levels are seeing unprecedented numbers throughout the country.  And sadly, some of the hardest hit are lower-income Americans.  Once of the most impacted areas that the public must continue to rely upon are public utilities, says Jon Purizhansky.

Public utilities include hospitals, first responders (fire department, police department, paramedics, and utilities).  Public utilities are the most essential of workers out there, and due to a lack of personal protective equipment – many have become exposed or are at risk of becoming exposed to Covid-19.  This is a difficult scenario, in that, public utilities must not only be operational right now – but are expected to exceed capacity and cater to a wider than normal rate of incidence.

The city of Buffalo has world-class healthcare institutions and first responders who are respected by the city.  However, it’s key for the citizens of Buffalo to continue to practice social distancing and leverage the use of personal protective equipment in a responsible manner to not only slow the spread of Covid-19 or safeguard oneself, but to also protect our hospital workers and first responders, says Jon Purizhansky.

New York City quickly became the epicenter of Covid-19 cases in the world.  The city of Buffalo does not have the population density or nearly as much international travel as does NYC, however, despite being a smaller city it is by no way safe from the virus.  In fact, many smaller cities have become “hot spots” of the virus throughout the country.  Cities up and down the California coast, and in Georgia have seen a percentage of infection than the national average.

For this reason, it is critical for Buffalo to continue its measures to protect its citizens, but most importantly its public utilities and first responders.

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Interview in days of Coronavirus

Dennis Vacco and Jon Purizhansky – regular guests of the program “War and Peace” – were supposed to come to Israel in March 2020. However, the coronavirus pandemic has made adjustments. We recorded this interview “in the distance.” How is America struggling with this disease, what is happening in New York State and what will the world be like after coronavirus?


Coronavirus and Impact on Global Labor Markets

The Coronavirus has been rapidly spreading around the globe.  The disease has had a significant human impact with loss of life, travel limitations, mass quarantines, and financial loss.  Accordingly, it has also drastically impacted global labor markets, says global relocation expect NY based attorney Jon Purizhansky.

The coronavirus has been in confirmed in at least 47 countries around the world. While disease was first encountered in China – its impact is now in every continent. In Europe, Italy has the most recorded cases at 528, of which results in 14 deaths. Global efforts being led by the numerous countries and the World Health Organization are trying to contain the disease to limit exposure and prevent more loss of life.

Japan has seen a steady rise in cases as well, largely as a result of its proximity to China. Japan recently took the extreme step to close all schools in effort to stop the disease from spreading. President Trump has publicly spoken about the disease and has encouraged citizens to be precautious such that the disease is not spread in the US.

In the Middle East, Iran has confirmed at least 245 cases of which 26 included loss of life.  The Iranian government cancelled Friday prayers as an effort to limit spreading of the disease.

The many travel restrictions and increased regulations around travel have drastically impacted the global labor markets. Workers are finding it hard to travel cross-border, says Jon Purizhansky.  They past travels have to be clearly documented to ensure they have not been in high exposure countries, and this takes time and often results in workers being sent back to their country of origin, continued Jon.

With the disease having such a global impact, and the spread seemingly increasing – there does not appear to be a resolution in the near term.For this reason, workers and employers are encouraged to work with their governments to understand the requirements needed to validate travelers information such that delays and stops are limited.

Many border patrol or military troops that are often assigned with assisting travelers have been quarantines. In South Korea, more than 9500 troops are under quarantine.  In addition, many government resources are being reallocated and diverted to combat the disease which is contributing to longer delays for labor related travel.

Jon Purizhansky: It is documented that a factory worker from China infected some co-workers in Germany, resulting in 400 other workers being quarantines. For this reason, employers should be vigilant about testing workers from infected countries to ensure their entire workforce is not susceptible to the disease.

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Labor and Migration Policy Shapers – Global Migration Group

Many of today’s international migration policies and norms have been devised and set by an influential group known as the Global Migration Group. The Global Migration Group was devised by the United Nations Secretary General, Kofi Annan, in 2006. It’s an inter-agency group bringing together key opinion leaders involved in the area of global migration. The Global Migration Group main focus was to improve and address the challenges posed by international migration, says global relocation expert NY based attorney Jon Purizhansky.

The Global Migration Group was particularly effective as it was comprised of 14 UN agencies, the World Bank, and the International Organization for Migration to address migration issues. The neutrality of the group was maintained through a 6-month rotating chair by various member agency. Accordingly, during each 6-month a new theme was adopted to help guide the Group’s activity per term. UNICEF was one of the Group’s members and adopted the theme of youth and climate change during two of the 6 month terms it chaired. These are topics particular of interest to UNICEF hence it was able to drive the Group’s focus on these themes while shaping the activities of the Group. Other themes adopted by the Group include correlations between migrations and the environmental impact, human settlement, and population movement.

Global migration is a topic that impacts hundreds of millions of people around the world, says Jon Purizhansky. It is critical to have global support to provide a safe and effective infrastructure in this area. The topic is so broad that impacts numerous other topics – such as human rights, women’s rights, climate change, wealth and income disparity, all traversing through geo-political lines and corporate profit. Accordingly, the Group can help provide a legal and political framework to address issues that may arise through cross-border migration. It provides a basis for countries to solve issues that may arise without having to start from square one.

One of the Group’s main focuses is upon the impacts of migration on youth. Younger populations are very much impacted by migration as they are more willing to seek new opportunities around the world. While these opportunities may provide monetary gain, there are also inherent risks and other issues imposed. Along with global migration comes placing culturally different people together in new environments. Greater equal opportunity in communities of origin, transit and destination can ensure the well being of young migrants and maximize their contributions as workers, entrepreneurs, students and members of society, says Jon Purizhansky.

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Shifting Global Trade Policies

The Brookings Institute recently released a study on shifting global trade policies.  The study is focused upon a three-year term and takes into consideration numerous macro-economic factors such as US and China trade war.  Such a comprehensive study brings insight into global trade – but also touches upon the broad patterns impacting global labor and migration, says global relocation expert and NY based attorney Jon Purizhansky.

One of the study’s most interesting findings is that there is a shift away from open trade. The Study focused on G-20 countries during what was deemed a populist era (2017 – 2019).  In a hyper competitive environment many countries observed and imposed regulations that increased tariffs.  This effort was largely commented upon on the United States and China.  However, it also impacted nearly the entire world, and especially the G-20.  Accordingly, certain sentiments believe that the US/China tariff dispute had ripple effects throughout the world.  Nonetheless, essentially the entire global economy was impacted.

When the global economy is impacted – global migration and labor is directly and indirectly affected, says Jon Purizhansky.  When certain countries were subjected to higher tariffs for commodity related goods, employers often seek to mitigate the rising costs by importing lower priced labor.  As a result, new patterns of labor and migration can be observed.

The Study further identified many recent trade policies concentrated upon a smaller number of goods than previous years.  Moreover, there were an increased number of protectionist acts during this period, impacting a more concentrated listing of goods than during the financial crises of previous years.  In addition, during the same time period trade reforms have diminished from previous years.  The imbalance in trade reforms has led to a less even playing field.

The Brookings Institute’s Study took a deep look at specific countries around the world, and particularly the G-20.  The Brookings Institution’s studies are generally widely lauded for their detailed and analytical approach to derive a macro-economic basis for theory, continued Jon Purizhansky.  The Brookings Institute often publishes such reports and studies since it was founded in 1916.  The organization is a Think Tank based in Washington DC.

Much of the research and policy education provided is around social sciences, including economics, public policy, foreign policy, governance, global economy, and economic development.  Accordingly, many of these areas tie directly into global labor and organized migration.  Hence, their research into various areas ties in the labor markets and is closely followed by labor policy regulators, employers, and public interest groups.

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