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Chicken or the egg? What is the interplay between sociocultural integration and entrepreneurship among newly arrived migrants in Sweden?

Samhälle & ekonomi

Välkommen till det här webbinariet där Nina Bilal från universitetet i Warszawa kommer att diskutera samspelet mellan sociokulturell och ekonomisk integration inom ramen för företagande bland nyanlända. Webbinariet hålls på engelska och presenteras av Organizing Integration på GRI.

30 mar 2021
12:00 - 13:00

Nina Bilal, PhD Candidate at the University of Warsaw, Faculty of Management
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Det här webbinariet hålls på engelska.
Gothenburg Research Institute på Handelshögskolan vid Göteborgs universitet

Nina Bilal is a PhD Candidate at the University of Warsaw, Faculty of Management. She is working on her PhD dissertation dedicated to the refugee entrepreneurship in the context of Sweden. In her research she is using both quantitative and qualitative methods.

Nina holds her MSSc in Peace and Conflict Studies from Uppsala University. She has gained academic and research experience from Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), Stockholm Institute of Transition Economics (SITE), Nordic Africa Institute (NAI), Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and Queen’s University Belfast. Nina is the founder of GośćInność (Hospitality), socio-educational initiative promoting diversity and knowledge about migration. She is a Senior Fellow with Humanity in Action, international non-profit organization that educates and connects young leaders on issues related to human and minority rights.


Since 2015 research on refugee entrepreneurship has started becoming a separate field within the immigrant entrepreneurship. Most of the existing literature on refugee entrepreneurship is based on qualitative studies, and it is either grounded in the theories coming from immigrant entrepreneurship or it lacks solid theoretical framework (Heilbrunn & Iannone, 2020).

This is why, building upon the theory of mixed embeddedness (Kloosterman et al., 1998) I conduct the quantitative analyses on the basis of the two Swedish data sets (Invandrarindex, 2017) to examine the determinants of entrepreneurial intentions among refugees and other types of migrants.

My study draws upon and contributes to the literature addressing the relationship dilemma between the sociocultural and economic integration within immigrant entrepreneurship.

The results, first, suggest that sociocultural integration affects positively entrepreneurial intentions. Second, they indicate that the refugee migration status plays a role in shaping entrepreneurial intention.