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.