of displaced Syrian women participate in entrepreneurship, a significant improvement over female participation in Syria before the crisis.
of businesses in Jordan provide “general services,” while 35.5% in Turkey specializes in “information and technology.”
Refugee-run Businesses In Zaatari Camp which turned the camps to “Sham-Elysees street.”
Million in Total Business Income of Refugee Entrepreneurs In Zaatari Camp Per Month.
new Syrian companies in Turkey were founded in 2017, up from a mere 157 in 2012
percent of Syrian business people have left the country for Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Europe, Egypt, Iraq, and other destinations.
percent of all Syrian refugees' businesses, mostly working in sectors such as general services, information and technology, education, non-profits, and social enterprises.'
of startups interviewed didn’t register their businesses due to the complicated registration processes in their host countries.
of Syrian entrepreneurs wait until their businesses pass the seed stage to start working on their business full-time.
of Syrian entrepreneurs show a particular willingness to open a business if the necessary support is provided.
In a time when refugees are frequently debated in the news as a problem, it is easy to forget the hardship they had been through. Having escaped destruction, traumas, and even death, they arrive at their host countries with determination to make the most of their new home, and many have gone on to achieve their ambition in becoming entrepreneurs.
This report, Entrepreneurship in Exile, is built on data from a study examining hundred Syrian refugees entrepreneurs’ views and experiences to spot the light on them, the challenges it faces, the potential it has and the uncertain future that lies ahead. It provides a stark reminder that, given the right circumstances, refugees can contribute to the local society and economy of the host country.
I hope this work, which puts my seven years of work with numerous Syrian founders in your hand, will spread some knowledge and inspire a movement where we can all come together and help. No matter where you live or what means you have at hands, if you’re reading this, you can do something.
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