Making Buffalo Home
Making Buffalo Home | Facebook Live Events

Making Buffalo Home's Facebook Live events are an engaging way to connect with the community through social media. Each event is focused on a singular topic and brings different experiences and perspectives together into one conversation.

The first in this series of Facebook Live events examined the process a refugee goes through in making Buffalo home. Our second Facebook Live Event focused on the economic impact of immigration. During a recent Facebook Live we watched a local artist incorporated different languages into one of his creations while talking about making Buffalo home. Watch them online now (below) and watch for more live events on WNED-TV's Facebook page.

Urban Artist and Calligrapher Muhammad Zaman | Facebook Live Event | Watch Now

Calligraphy Artist Muhammad Zaman is Making Buffalo Home

Watch artist and calligrapher Muhammad Zaman incorporate three languages (Bengali, Arabic, and English) into one of his signature creations as part of WNED’s series, Making Buffalo Home.

Zaman’s calligraphy incorporates words from three languages: Bengali, the language of his birthplace (Bangladesh); Arabic, the language of his religion; and English, the language spoken where Zaman has lived for about a decade and a half. Watch one of his creations come to life as he talks about making Buffalo his home with Shirley Verrico, curator of Buffalo Arts Studio, of which Zaman is a resident artist.

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As an urban artist specializing in calligraphy I've developed a personal style incorporating the different languages that make up my identity," says Zaman. " As a Muslim in the USA I see a lot of negativity towards our tradition but I always look for ways to use my art as a positive message. I was influenced by the artist Elseed and his idea to create unity for people from different backgrounds, ethnicites and religions. My aim is to inspire people to share the same place and learn from each other in harmony and mutual understanding. Although my works contain words in three different languages, there is always at least one recognizable word. This makes the audience curious to ask and decode the message, giving them to a deep connection with my art."
Immigration and Our Economy | Facebook Live Event | Watch Now

Making Buffalo Home | Immigration and Our Economy

The number of immigrants and refugees coming to Western New York has dropped drastically. What does that mean for a city like Buffalo?

WNED | WBFO’s Making Buffalo Home continues to explore immigration topics that matter to this community and on January 15th, 2019, we held a Facebook live discussion on how immigration impacts our local economy.

In 2018, the Trump administration lowered the national refugee ceiling to 30,000, which has reduced the number of refugees resettling in Western New York. In addition, there’s a growing backlog of immigrations cases waiting to be decided on by the courts. With fewer immigrants and refugees making Buffalo home, and our overall population continuing to decline, what does it mean for our businesses and labor force, our schools, our health care, and our housing market? What impact does it have on our quality of life?

Host, Ba Zan Lin and guests, Eva Hassett from the International Institute of Buffalo and Bruce Fisher, columnist for The Public and economics teacher at Buffalo State College talked about the ways immigration impacts an economy like Buffalo. In 45 minutes they covered a lot of ground. Much of the research and statistical information they referenced can be found at the links to the right of this article. After watching their conversation, you can dig a little deeper into the numbers yourself.
Making Buffalo Home Facebook Live

Making Buffalo Home

WNED was live on Facebook to discuss immigration and our economy. View the video above or watch on Facebook to see the comments.


About our host: Ba Zan Lin serves on the Board of Directors of Burmese Community Services and Partnership for the Public Good and co-chairs the Buffalo Burmese Water Festival.

About our guests: Eva Hassett serves as the Executive Director of the International Institute of Buffalo and Bruce Fisher is an author, a columnist for The Public and economics teacher at Buffalo State College.
 
Resources
BUFFALO
A breakdown of the Buffalo numbers
https://www.newamericaneconomy.org/city/buffalo/

NATIONAL
REFUGEES AS EMPLOYEES: GOOD RETENTION, STRONG RECRUITMENT, a report co-authored by TENT and the Fiscal Policy Institute
https://www.tent.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/TENT_FPI-Refugees-as-Employees-Report.pdf

POPULATION
BROOKINGS – POPULATION DECLINE - 80 YEAR LOW BIRTHRATE FOR US CITIZENS
https://www.brookings.edu/blog/the-avenue/2018/12/21/us-population-growth-hits-80-year-low-capping-off-a-year-of-demographic-stagnation/?fbclid=IwAR0X4C7jG_2H5hKhg2cr65BO1uRumaci7e2yR3hocjXWYLPgR9UuBxxy6gQ

LABOR MARKET
MIGRATION POLICY INSTITUTE – THE COST OF BRAIN WASTE AMONG HIGHLY SKILLED IMMIGRANTS IN THE U.S.
https://www.migrationpolicy.org/research/untapped-talent-costs-brain-waste-among-highly-skilled-immigrants-united-states

HEALTHCARE
PBS NEWSHOUR STORY – 1 IN 6 HEALTHCARE WORKERS ARE FOREIGN BORN ACCORDING TO JAMA
https://www.pbs.org/newshour/health/new-study-shows-1-in-6-u-s-health-care-workers-are-immigrants

MIGRATION POLICY INSTITUTE – FOREIGN BORN HEALTHCARE WORKERS
https://www.migrationpolicy.org/article/immigrant-health-care-workers-united-states#Trends_Projections

HOUSING MARKET
URBAN LAND INSTITUTE – IMMIGRANTS ARE DRIVING THE DEMAND FOR SINGLE FAMILY HOUSING – BUFFALO AMONG THE FIVE HOUSING MARKETS STUDIED
https://urbanland.uli.org/development-business/immigrants-suburban-drea/
Facebook Live | Understanding the Refugee Process | Watch Now

Making Buffalo Home | Understanding the Refugee Process

The refugee crisis and other immigration issues have dominated the news headlines in recent years. Refugees are one of the main reasons Erie County has seen a growth in population, and yet most people have little or no contact with refugees on a daily basis. Refugee resettlement agencies in Buffalo find there are fundamental questions among our community about the process a refugee goes through in making Buffalo home. Many people may not fully understand how refugees come to the U.S., where they come from, or why. There are also questions about how refugees are evaluated and admitted into the U.S., the support they receive when they arrive, and the contributions they make to our community. The current administration is drastically cutting back on the number of refugees allowed to settle in the United States. How will this policy impact our Western New York community? The first in a series of Facebook LIVE events explored the refugee process in order to answer these and other questions the community has about the issue.
 

Making Buffalo Home is a two-year, in-depth WNED | WBFO engagement initiative to inform and raise awareness of immigration for our entire community. The project aims to help the region develop a better understanding of the shared opportunities and challenges we face together as long-time residents and new immigrants and refugees.

Making Buffalo Home is funded by Rich Products Corporation and Rich Family Foundation.