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Migrant entrepreneurship in Hamburg: Results from a qualitative study with Turkish entrepreneurs


  • Tolciu, Andreia
  • Schaland, Ann-Julia
  • El-Cherkeh, Tanja


This article is an overview study on migrant entrepreneurship in Hamburg with a special focus on Turkish entrepreneurs. On the basis of 58 semistructured interviews conducted between October 2008 and January 2009, several patterns such as entrepreneurial motivation, business development and embeddednes in co-ethnic or mainstream networks are closely examined. Furthermore, this article refers to problems migrant entrepreneurs encounter in the business process and illustrates formal and informal strategies applied in solving these issues. Lastly, support structures for migrant businesses in Hamburg are discussed and evaluated.

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  • Tolciu, Andreia & Schaland, Ann-Julia & El-Cherkeh, Tanja, 2010. "Migrant entrepreneurship in Hamburg: Results from a qualitative study with Turkish entrepreneurs," HWWI Research Papers 3-22, Hamburg Institute of International Economics (HWWI).
  • Handle: RePEc:zbw:hwwirp:3-22

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    1. Michael Parzer & Florian J. Huber, 2015. "Migrant Businesses And The Symbolic Transformation Of Urban Neighborhoods: Towards a Research Agenda," International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 39(6), pages 1270-1278, November.
    2. Stiller, Silvia, 2012. "Hamburg: Wissensbasierter Strukturwandel beeinflusst die Standortpolitik," Forschungs- und Sitzungsberichte der ARL: Aufsätze,in: Städte und Regionen im Standortwettbewerb, pages 163-180 Akademie für Raumforschung und Landesplanung (ARL) - Leibniz-Forum für Raumwissenschaften.


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