Aspiring Migrant Entrepreneurs in Germany—Potentials and Pitfalls in the Start-Up Process

Research question/goal: 

Previous studies have shown that migrant entrepreneurs are a valuable contribution to the economy of their host countries. Furthermore, self-employment is a means for migrants to achieve upward social mobility. However, a number of formal and informal hurdles must be overcome to become self-employed, which often prevent migrants from fully developing their potential as entrepreneurs. In this study, we apply a mixed-methods approach (qualitative interviews with institutional and financial experts as well as migrant entrepreneurs and a quantitative analysis of survey data) to examine the potential of migrant entrepreneurs in Germany and the specific problems they are facing in the start-up process.

Current stage: 

Work in the project currently focuses on preparing a funding proposal for two separate studies examining different aspects of start-up funding in Germany. In preparation of this, we have interviewed bankers and founders, asked for approval from the Ethics Committee of the University of Mannheim, presented the study design in various seminars and workshops, and are currently negotiating with a commercial bank on the possibility to run a survey among its employees.

Fact sheet

Funding: 
MZES
Duration: 
2019 to 2023
Status: 
in preparation
Data Sources: 
Field experiments, interviews
Geographic Space: 
Germany, with possible extension to other European countries later

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