Global refugee entrepreneurship survey 2019
The Centre for Entrepreneurs’ inaugural annual refugee entrepreneurship programme survey captures the state of refugee entrepreneurship by examining the structure, funding, programme content, challenges and impact of 52 refugee entrepreneurship programmes run by 39 organisations worldwide. The survey was conducted by the Centre for Entrepreneurs and funded by the Paris-based Fund for Action and Innovation by Refugee Entrepreneurs (FAIRE).
An unprecedented 70.8 million people around the world have been forced from their homes. Entrepreneurship is one positive solution to empower refugees and help them integrate into their new community.
For the first time, the global landscape for refugee entrepreneurship support has been highlighted. The global survey analysed 39 organisations across 19 countries that are offering tailored business startup support to refugees. The survey found that their business education and support has already led to the creation of 12,960 businesses and 18,127 paid jobs – spanning food and creative industries, energy and environment, engineering, space, cyber and fintech sectors.
- Since 1994, 18,923 refugees have taken part in an entrepreneurship programme, resulting in the creation of 18,127 paid jobs and 12,960 new businesses (of which 12,052 are still trading).1
- Since the Syrian civil war began, over 32 refugee entrepreneurship programmes have launched globally, with a peak of nine new initiatives in 2016.
- 79% of participants surveyed agreed they had gained the necessary skills, knowledge and experience through refugee entrepreneurship programmes to start their business.
- Refugees face challenges with language, access to finance, and understanding legal and tax systems in their new host country.
- 58% of the funding for refugee entrepreneurship programmes comes from grants and donations. Organisations acknowledge the need to develop financially sustainable funding models.
The report offers tailored recommendations to organisations, governments, and investors and the private sector: closer collaboration between refugee entrepreneurship programmes, development of financially sustainable models, standardised and consistent impact measurement, long-term commitment from governments, investment from the private sector into programmes and refugee-led ventures.
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- Of the organisations that provided a breakdown of those numbers.