PERG seminar today: Entrepreneurship and migration outside the West: Mapping Post-Soviet Immigrants’ Entrepreneurship in Hungary, by Sanja Tepavcevic

Entrepreneurship and migration outside the West: Mapping Post-Soviet Immigrants’ Entrepreneurship in Hungary


by Sanja Tepavcevic (CEU/SPP)

 

Abstract

"This paper explores the relationship between migration and entrepreneurship by focusing on entrepreneurial activities of post-Soviet immigrants in Hungary in periods between 1991 and 2016. The following questions are addressed: What are economic/entrepreneurial activities of post-Soviet immigrants in Hungary? Whether and to what extent are investments from post-Soviet countries related to migration? What are the conditions that the relatively new European Union (EU) member states provide for small and medium businesses? The paper demonstrates that there are few small and medium enterprises founded in the 1990s and led by citizens of post-Soviet countries, representing usually interrelated tourism, translation, transport services and media, but also retail, and health care and that there is a collaboration among them if their businesses provide complementing services. The paper also reveals that many relatively small investments to real estate have been conducted since 2000 by citizens of post-Soviet countries to Hungary serve as ‘additional airports’ to emigrate from home country to Europe."

 

Room/time: FT 809/ 1.30pm