Refugee Entrepreneurship: A Systematic Review of Prior Research and Agenda for Future Research
29 Pages Posted: 30 Nov 2021 Publication Status: Preprint
In recent years, the refugee crisis has emerged as a grand societal challenge with a host of economic, social, and political implications. As of 2020 there were around 26 million people registered with the UNHCR as refugees. While refugees are considered by some to be a burden on their host countries, there is growing evidence that they make significant contributions to the economies of their host countries, with rates of entrepreneurship higher than other migrant groups and host country nationals. To take stock of what we know about refugee entrepreneurship, this article undertakes a systematic review of the literature. The systematic review provides insights on themes regarding facilitators and barriers to refugees’ entry into entrepreneurship, as well as identifying gaps in our extant knowledge. Based on these gaps, a future research agenda is proposed which targets empirical and theoretical advancement of the field of refugee entrepreneurship.
Keywords: Refugee entrepreneurship, social disadvantage theory, mixed embeddedness theory.
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