Diasporas: diversity and entrepreneurship
Published Online: 4 FEB 2013
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The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration
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Montes, K. S. a. M. F. 2013. Diasporas: diversity and entrepreneurship. The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration.
- Published Online: 4 FEB 2013
Diaspora entrepreneurship has witnessed dramatic and exciting developments in recent years, with successful entrepreneurs in the North expanding their business reach to their home developing countries, bringing along with them capital, technology, and market knowledge. While illustrating the various success stories in this area, this essay emphasizes the diversity among diaspora groups and examines the underlying factors influencing the degree and nature of an expatriate community's contribution to business development in the homeland. It concludes with a discussion of the policy lessons. A broad definition is taken of diaspora entrepreneurs as expatriates who are engaged in entrepreneurial activities in their home countries. While some of them return to set up business in their home country, others undertake or facilitate investment and entrepreneurial ventures while working and residing overseas.
Keywords: diaspora; cultural diversity; cross-cultural; employment and unemployment; political economy; demography and population studies; development