What happens to refugee-origin entrepreneurs? Combining mixed embeddedness and strategy perspectives in a longitudinal study

Abstract

Whilst it is acknowledged that refugees are more likely to select into self-employment due to discrimination and labour market exclusion, we know little about how their ventures perform over time. To address this gap, we draw upon qualitative longitudinal evidence gathered in 2010 and 2018 in the UK to explore the outcomes of their ventures and what strategies they have put in place. We argue that the trajectories of refugee-owned businesses are explained by their structural position and the strategies, resources, and business support networks, highlighting that refugee entrepreneurs re-work their condition in a manner that is much more proactive and resilient than suggested by extant portrayals of refugee entrepreneurship. Our analysis sheds new light on the dynamics of refugee business development and encourages a more nuanced theoretical approach to evaluate these enterprises as vehicles for integration against the backdrop of neoliberal Britain.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/01419870.2021.1991970
Divisions: College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School
Additional Information: © 2021 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Entrepreneurship,UK,labour market,longitudinal,migrants,refugees,Cultural Studies,Anthropology,Sociology and Political Science
Publication ISSN: 1466-4356
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2022
Published Online Date: 2021-10-22
Accepted Date: 2021-09-21
Authors: Ram, Monder (ORCID Profile 0000-0003-1901-6654)
Jones, Trevor
Doldor, Sabina
Villares-Varela, Maria
Li, Hongqin

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