Entrepreneurship as a strategy for refugees in South Africa
Objective: The purpose of this study is to investigate how factors affecting refugee entrepreneurship influence the refugee entrepreneurship performance.
Research Design & Methods: The positivism paradigm and quantitative descriptive research design were used to operationalise this study. Data were collected, using a self-completion structured questionnaire, from 355 refugees involved in entrepreneurial operations within the City of Tshwane, South Africa. Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) Version 25 was used to carry out descriptive and multiple linear regression analysis were used to determine the relationships between variables.
Findings: Results indicated that factors affecting refugee entrepreneurship have a statistically significant influence on refugee entrepreneurial performance.
Implications & Recommendations: To increase overall refugee entrepreneurial performance, strategic interventions involving five areas (societal factors, financial and business practices, legislation, infrastructure, and market opportunities) in this study may be initiated and utilized. It may be necessary to revise or create new policies to address the demands of refugee entrepreneurs. For example, in South Africa, proper regulations governing how refugee businesses should function is critical.
Contribution & Value Added: Refugees’ entrepreneurship is a profound strategy that can be adapted to deal with refugee-related problems in receiving countries. Failure to adopt an appropriate strategy towards the influx of refugees has negative consequences towards the host country. Therefore, this study makes important contributions to theory and policy within the context of refugee entrepreneurship in receiving countries.
refugees; asylum seekers; socio-economic problems; entrepreneurship
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