The immigrant population is generally said to be more entrepreneurial and have a higher degree of self employment and enterprise creation, compared to the average population. This is confirmed by the data available in the few countries where studies have taken place. In France and Spain, immigrants have higher self-employment rates than the average population. In Norway, the share of businesses owned and started by people with immigrant backgrounds is amazingly high. Also in Germany, where there is still less self-employment among immigrants than natives, the share is steadily growing, due to a high rate of immigrant start-ups.
According to the literature, the dynamics vary from one community to another. A study of the Turkish community across Europe reveals major differences between host countries, showing that business environment is very significant. Indeed, current research on entrepreneurial strategies shows how entrepreneurship emerges from the interaction of personal characteristics, group opportunities (such as social networks and community resources), and structural opportunities of the host society. These structural opportunities have two major dimensions: the labour market and the political and regulatory framework.
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