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Challenges faced by necessity entrepreneurship, the case of Syrian refugees in Jordan

Saad Zighan (Faculty of Administrative and Financial Sciences, University of Petra, Amman, Jordan)

Journal of Enterprising Communities: People and Places in the Global Economy

ISSN: 1750-6204

Article publication date: 15 December 2020

Issue publication date: 27 July 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

This study aims to understand the challenges facing Syrian refugee entrepreneurs in Jordan and offers professional support to refugee entrepreneurs, with a view to improve their economic and social status, aid cultural integration and ultimately to help turn their business idea into reality.

Design/methodology/approach

A total of 62 semi-structured interviews were conducted with Syrian refugees in Jordan.

Findings

The study reveals that refugee entrepreneurs are both entrepreneurs of necessity and opportunity. Refugee entrepreneurship improves social welfare and drives economic growth. Nevertheless, refugee entrepreneurship faces many challenges and difficulties, mainly in terms of financing difficulties, cultural differences and a lack of business management skills.

Research limitations/implications

Future studies could investigate if the research results can be generalised to global refugee entrepreneurship by gathering data from other countries and comparing the subsequent results with this research.

Practical implications

The research shows that programmes and instruments should be created to support refugee entrepreneurship. It is also suggested that both social and economic support is needed to prompt refugee entrepreneurs. International cooperation and international organisations are important to support refugees and support countries that receive them, with a view to reduce the economic burden on these countries, which will in turn improve the quality of life for refugees.

Social implications

The increasing number of refugees is becoming a very serious social issue. The international community should contribute to helping those refugees through economic, social and cultural integrations.

Originality/value

This paper focuses refugee entrepreneurship to understand refugees’ entrepreneurial behaviour and any challenges facing Syrian entrepreneurship in Jordan.

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Citation

Zighan, S. (2021), "Challenges faced by necessity entrepreneurship, the case of Syrian refugees in Jordan", Journal of Enterprising Communities: People and Places in the Global Economy, Vol. 15 No. 4, pp. 531-547. https://doi.org/10.1108/JEC-09-2020-0168

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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