“Killing two birds with one stone” is the title of the thesis written by Judith Berns which addresses extensively the refugee entrepreneurial intent in the Netherlands and proposes innovative solutions to the issue.

Judith graduated from the Radboud University in 2017, but what initiated her interests on this topic was in fact a practical experience. While volunteering as an assistant-teacher in a Dutch class for refugees, she found out that:

“Many refugees used to have their own business, but don’t know how to continue to do so in the Netherlands. I decided to look into the matter and research what barriers refugees face when starting an enterprise”.

The stimulation of entrepreneurship for refugees is at the core of the thesis and is believed to be a force towards their integration in host countries but is also beneficial for the Entrepreneurship Ecosystem in Europe. The study explores the factors and institutional challenges that can positively and negatively impact the entrepreneurial intent of refugees.

Most importantly, the document can be useful both for policymakers and aid organisations since it shows the bottlenecks in the way refugee entrepreneurship is currently stimulated, and offers tools on how to improve it.

Find out more by reading the full document.

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This website is part of the project Network for Migrant Entrepreneurs to Scale Up and Grow — EMEN-UP (no. 764398) which has received funding from the European Union’s COSME Programme (2014-2020)

The Network for Migrant Entrepreneurs to Scale Up and Grow

This website is part of the project Network for Migrant Entrepreneurs to Scale Up and Grow — EMEN-UP (no. 764398) which has received funding from the European Union’s COSME Programme (2014-2020)

The Network for Migrant Entrepreneurs to Scale Up and Grow

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