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Economic Integration of Immigrant Entrepreneurs
Economic Integration of Immigrant Entrepreneurs

Author(s): Nonna Kushnirovich
Subject(s): Business Economy / Management, Migration Studies
Published by: Uniwersytet Ekonomiczny w Krakowie
Keywords: immigrant businesses; entrepreneurship; economic integration

Summary/Abstract: Objective: This study investigates economic integration of immigrant entrepreneurs by comparing them with their native-born counterparts, and examines whether and how entrepreneurs’ socio-cultural integration affects their economic integration. Research Design & Methods: This study is based on data of the Social Surveys conducted by the Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics in 2008, 2010 and 2012. The sample included 1133 native-born and 576 immigrant entrepreneurs. Findings: :Socio-cultural integration is not necessarily associated with economic integration and a high income. Immigrants can earn the same and even more than native-born entrepreneurs do, even if they have a low level of socio-cultural integration. The impact of socio-cultural integration on immigrant entrepreneurs’ income varies by their origin. Implications & Recommendations: Understanding integration of immigrant entrepreneurs and the factors affecting their income will help policy-makers to facilitate their economic advancement. Contribution & Value Added: Based on Berry’s concept, I propose a model of entrepreneurs’ integration. The model stresses interrelations between socio-cultural and economic integration.

  • Issue Year: 3/2015
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 9-27
  • Page Count: 19
  • Language: English