The CFE Refugee Entrepreneurship Network (REN) is a global community working to improve the scale and impact of refugee entrepreneurship programmes. It brings together the practitioners, philanthropic foundations, researchers, academics and investors that actively support refugee entrepreneurship.

Entrepreneurship offers newcomers a unique pathway to integration. It allows economic independence; boosts self-confidence; and brings communities together in harmonious cooperation.

Refugees have been found to display key traits for business success, from high confidence to strong risk-awareness, and they have gone on to start countless companies around the world enriching their host countries.

The Centre’s research shows that if entrepreneurship training was made available to all interested Syrian refugees coming to the UK by 2020, we could save £170m in resettlement costs, create 600 businesses and 900 jobs – all with an initial investment of £4.8m.

Recognising these facts, dozens of programmes have launched around the world since the Syrian crisis, to support refugees through business. The CFE Refugee Entrepreneurship Network accelerates their important work through peer-to-peer support, best practice sharing, research and campaigns.

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