Being global and being regional: Refugee entrepreneurship in regional Australia

Branka Krivokapic-skoko, Jock Collins, Katherine Watson

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Branka Krivokapic-skoko, Katherine Wilson and Jock Collins in this chapter illustrate the way refugees engage in entrepreneurship to overcome restrictive labour market mobility. Presenting data gathered from interviews with 15 African female refugee entrepreneurs currently living in regional and rural Australia, the chapter investigates the reasons why female refugees started-up their own business, their strategies for overcoming the massive obstacles they faced setting up the business and the extent to which their businesses are embedded in their family and community. The chapter further denotes how experiences of formal and informal discrimination has blocked their access to the labour market, and influenced moving into specific ethnic niche industries, as well as the contradictions embedded in the refugee entrepreneurship paradox in Australia.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe rural-migration nexus
Subtitle of host publicationGlobal problems, rural issues
EditorsNathan Kerrigan, Philomena de Lima
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages30
ISBN (Electronic)9783031180422
ISBN (Print)9783031180415
Publication statusPublished - 2023

Publication series

NameRethinking Rural


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