The impact of the international crisis on the entrepreneurial intentions of refugees
International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research
Article publication date: 11 May 2021
Issue publication date: 29 March 2022
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.
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.
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.
This study offers guidance to institutions working with refugees during times of crisis. Implications are discussed.
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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