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The impact of the international crisis on the entrepreneurial intentions of refugees

Dianne H.B. Welsh (Bryan School of Business and Economics, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, North Carolina, USA)
Dalia Othman (King Talal School of Business Technology, Princess Sumaya University for Technology, Amman, Jordan)
Baker Alserhan (Princess Sumaya University for Technology, Amman, Jordan)
Jusuf Zeqiri (Faculty of Business and Economics, South East European University, Tetovo, Macedonia)
Amro Al-Madadha (King Talal School of Business Technology, Princess Sumaya University for Technology, Amman, Jordan)
Veland Ramadani (Faculty of Business and Economics, South East European University, Tetovo, Macedonia)

International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research

ISSN: 1355-2554

Article publication date: 11 May 2021

Issue publication date: 29 March 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

We investigate the entrepreneurial intentions of a population under crisis — namely, recent Syrian refugees in Jordan — and Jordanian citizens to start small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Design/methodology/approach

Using a structured two-part survey, data were collected through online self-reported questionnaires in which respondents subjectively reported self-perceptions. The first part dealt with respondents’ characteristics and the second with their entrepreneurial intentions. The survey took place in Jordan, sampling Jordanian citizens and Syrian refugees. A nonprobability sampling technique was used to collect the data.

Findings

The results show that net desirability for self-employment, tolerance for risk and self-efficacy are related to entrepreneurial intentions. We find significant differences between the Syrian refugees and the Jordanian citizens in terms of risk-taking and self-efficacy as determinants of engagement in entrepreneurial activities.

Originality/value

This study offers guidance to institutions working with refugees during times of crisis. Implications are discussed.

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Citation

Welsh, D.H.B., Othman, D., Alserhan, B., Zeqiri, J., Al-Madadha, A. and Ramadani, V. (2022), "The impact of the international crisis on the entrepreneurial intentions of refugees", International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research, Vol. 28 No. 3, pp. 720-740. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJEBR-02-2021-0150

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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