Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

CISEG Working Papers Series,
Jönköping International Business School, Centre for Innovation Systems, Entrepreneurship and Growth

No 6: Empowerment through Entrepreneurship - A Tool for Integration among Immigrant Women?

Saeid Abbasian () and Carina Bildt ()
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Saeid Abbasian: Jönköping International Business School, Postal: P.O. Box 1026, SE-551 11 JÖNKÖPING, Sweden
Carina Bildt: Gotland University, Postal: SE-621 67 VISBY, Sweden

Abstract: The study investigates whether entrepreneurship among immigrant women in Sweden may be a way to achieve integration in working life and thereby increase their empowerment. Sixteen female entrepreneurs were interviewed. They started their businesses for a number of reasons: unemployment, lack of suitable jobs and career possibilities, discrimination and forced privatization, desire for personal development, independence and freedom, or work within one’s own field of interest. We conclude that entrepreneurship can be a tool for increasing empowerment among educated immigrant women.

Keywords: Entrepreneurship; Immigrant women; Empowerment; Integration

JEL-codes: J10; J20; J70

16 pages, March 27, 2009

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