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.

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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.

Originally Posted: https://www.allperfectstories.com/covid-19-impacts-buffalo-tourism/

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.

Originally Posted: https://www.allperfectstories.com/covid-19-impact-services-buffalo-ny/

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.

Originally Posted: http://www.jonpurizhanskybuffalo.com/coronavirus-and-impact-global-labor-markets/

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.

Originally Posted: https://www.jonpurizhansky.net/post/labor-and-migration-policy-shapers

 

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.

Originally Posted: http://www.jonpurizhanskybuffalo.com/shifting-global-trade-policies/

 

Global Forum on Migration and Development

The 12th annual Global Forum on Migration and Development was kicked off on January 21, 2020 in Quito, Ecuador.  The Forum will be hosted by Ecuadorean government officials and attended by minister level officials, shaping migration policy, from throughout the world.  This is a great event that routinely brings together thought leaders, key opinion stakeholders, and policy shapers to foster discussion and knowledge capital in the arena of labor and global migration policy, says global relocation expert and NY-based attorney Jon Purizhansky.

This year’s Forum includes three central themes: 1) Coordinated responses to mixed movements: Partnerships and collective action to protect rights; Migration narratives and communication: What role, responsibility and resources do governments have?; and Addressing human mobility as part of urban and rural development strategies.  Having a diverse group of attendees from mixed backgrounds and cultures will yield a broad discussion around impactful effects of migration in various countries and territories.

A portion of the meeting will be allocated to business meetings and roundtable discussions.  Since 2016 such meetings between private sector and government officials have been planned and executed at the Forum.  It’s important for the private sector to get involved in the global migration and labor discussion, noted Jon Purizhansky Ultimately it’s the private sector that is shaping the supply/demand curve within this space, thus they should be at the table when discussing and shaping policy, continued Purizhansky.

The Forum also provides round table opportunities for regional countries to meet and confer.  Such round tables are scheduled for the Middle-East, Africa, Latin America, and Asia.  Such round  tables are vital to bring key stakeholders together to discuss an important and mutually impactful discussion point.

The Global Forum on Migration and Development is not a part of the United Nations, but it is closely aligned with the UN.  In fact, it was UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan who recommended and endorsed a global migration forum in 2006.  The Forum is open to all Member states and to observers of the United Nations.

The Global Forum on Migration and Development has several key agenda items, including in-part: To provide a forum and medium for key policy makes to meet and confer to discuss key issues around global migration.  In addition, they strive to promote best practices to protect all stakeholders in the migration supply chain.  The Forum also supports the identification of gaps and shared solutions to resolve and satiate such gaps.

The Forum sets standards around migration and development and fosters partnerships between countries, and also between countries and the private sector.  Such Forums advance a key global issue that needs cooperation, compassion, and a cultivation for solution, noted Jon Purizhansky.

Originally Posted: http://www.jonpurizhanskybuffalo.com/global-forum-on-migration-and-development/