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Diversity, economic development and new migrant entrepreneurs

Diversity, economic development and new migrant entrepreneurs
Diversity, economic development and new migrant entrepreneurs
How do migrant entrepreneurs contribute to economic development? The growing attention to the contribution that migrants make tends to be skewed towards their economic role. Drawing on interviews with 49 new migrant business owners and 60 workers in the West Midlands, we argue that benefits of diversity should be explored beyond the economic dividend. We engage with key theoretical developments in the fields of migrant entrepreneurship and diversity economics, and show that migrant entrepreneurs are characterised by the polarisation of their performance between high fliers and survival entrepreneurs. Despite their overall resource poverty, migrant entrepreneurs on the lower level create employment for their locality, cater to community needs and cushion the social incorporation of new communities in British society. We argue that debates around the benefits of diversity should incorporate not only economic growth, but also its impact on social processes.
0042-0980
1-23
Jones, Trevor
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Ram, Monder
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Villares-Varela, Maria
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Jones, Trevor
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Ram, Monder
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Villares-Varela, Maria
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Jones, Trevor, Ram, Monder and Villares-Varela, Maria (2018) Diversity, economic development and new migrant entrepreneurs. Urban Studies, 1-23. (doi:10.1177/0042098018765382).

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How do migrant entrepreneurs contribute to economic development? The growing attention to the contribution that migrants make tends to be skewed towards their economic role. Drawing on interviews with 49 new migrant business owners and 60 workers in the West Midlands, we argue that benefits of diversity should be explored beyond the economic dividend. We engage with key theoretical developments in the fields of migrant entrepreneurship and diversity economics, and show that migrant entrepreneurs are characterised by the polarisation of their performance between high fliers and survival entrepreneurs. Despite their overall resource poverty, migrant entrepreneurs on the lower level create employment for their locality, cater to community needs and cushion the social incorporation of new communities in British society. We argue that debates around the benefits of diversity should incorporate not only economic growth, but also its impact on social processes.

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Accepted/In Press date: 21 February 2018
e-pub ahead of print date: 30 April 2018

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Local EPrints ID: 418377
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/418377
ISSN: 0042-0980
PURE UUID: 3e6be407-21c1-4760-9f44-9b4b7ac00abe
ORCID for Maria Villares-Varela: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-0137-7104

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Date deposited: 05 Mar 2018 17:30
Last modified: 23 Jul 2022 04:25

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Author: Trevor Jones
Author: Monder Ram

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