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Refugee and migrant Entrepreneurship During Covid-19


Refugees are well placed to cope in a crisis situation, they have already lived through one.

As part of a BA/LV funded project, Dr Deema Refai and her collaborators Dr John Lever and Dr Radi Haloub conducted a webinar on ‘Refugee and migrant Entrepreneurship During Covid-19’.  The webinar was hosted by CEES and included a talk delivered by keynote speaker Professor Monder Ram OBEDirector of the Centre for Research in Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurship (CREME)/ Aston Business School.

Refai gave a brief on the project and its relevance in relation to refugee issues and the current pandemic crisis. This was followed by an insightful talk by Ram that covered theoretical and practical developments in the field, whilst highlighting the importance of considering these developments to support refugees and migrants. Ram pointed out that the refugee entrepreneurship field is still young compared to other fields, and requires more consideration and in depth exploration. Ram addressed issues related to social injustice and Brexit, and the implications these can have on our society.  The large and profound impact of migrant and refugee communities was stressed during the talk, particularly in light of the wider influences and challenges being faced.

Migrants and refugees develop their own networks and ecosystems.

The webinar attracted a wide range of audience from different countries including the UK, Jordan and Egypt. The webinar was concluded by a Q&A session and closing statements from the project collaborators.

You can view/listen to the webinar here.  Please use the latest version of Chrome to get the best quality possible.