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Author Crush, Jonathan, 1953- authorhor.

Title Refugee Entrepreneurial Economies in Urban South Africa / Jonathan Crush, Godfrey Tawodzera, Cameron McCordic and Sujata Ramachandran
Published Baltimore, Maryland : Project Muse, 2017
Baltimore, Md. : Project MUSE, 2017
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Description 1 online resource (41 pages) : illustrations, tables, graphs
Series SAMP migration policy series ; no. 76
Migration policy series ; no. 76
Contents Introduction -- Research methodology -- Refugee profile -- Business characteristics and strategies -- Entrepreneurial economies -- Conclusion
Summary One of the defining characteristics of many large cities in the rapidly urbanizing global South is the high degree of informality of shelter, services and economic livelihoods. It is these dynamic, shifting and dangerous informal urban spaces that refugees often arrive in with few resources other than a will to survive, a few social contacts and a drive to support themselves in the absence of financial support from the host government and international agencies. This report addresses the question of variability in economic opportunity and entrepreneurial activity between urban environments within the same destination country - South Africa - by comparing refugee entrepreneurship in Cape Town, South Africa's second largest city, and several small towns in the province of Limpopo. The research shows that refugee entrepreneurial activity in Limpopo is a more recent phenomenon and largely a function of refugees moving from large cities such as Johannesburg where their businesses and lives are in greater danger. The refugee populations in both areas are equally diverse and tend to be engaged in the same wide range of activities. This report shows that different urban geographies do shape the local nature of refugee entrepreneurial economies, but there are also remarkable similarities in the manner in which unconnected refugee entrepreneurs establish and grow their businesses in large cities and small provincial towns
Notes Issued as part of book collections on Project MUSE
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 32-37)
Notes Description based on print version record
Subject Entrepreneurship -- South Africa
Refugees -- South Africa -- Economic conditions
Refugees -- Economic conditions.
South Africa.
Form Electronic book
Author McCordic, Cameron, authorhor.
Ramachandran, Sujata, authorhor.
Tawodzera, Godfrey, authorhor.
ISBN 1920596348