1st Edition

Diaspora Governance and Transnational Entrepreneurship The Rise of an Emerging Global Social Pattern in Migration Studies

Edited By Ricard Zapata-Barrero, Shahamak Rezaei Copyright 2022
    184 Pages
    by Routledge

    184 Pages
    by Routledge

    A burgeoning literature is currently exploring the rise of a new migratory profile: migrants engaged in Transnational Entrepreneurship, referring to immigrants who are engaged in cross-border business involving their country of origin and destination, both perceived as lands of opportunity.
    Until now, little has been done in linking business studies and migration studies in this particular field of research on diaspora politics and Transnational Entrepreneurship; besides, the focus has mostly been on identifying the key independent variables, patterns, and developing hypotheses on the favourable and non-favourable factors promoting migrant business involvement in the country of residence alone. This book collects the main findings of the European Horizon–2020–RISE Project "DiasporaLink", a multidisciplinary project that has gathered the most prominent scholars in their respective field. Grounded in a variety of empirical evidences of the impact of Transnational Entrepreneurship, the book aims to explore the new global social pattern of entrepreneurs doing business transnationally.
    The chapters in this book were first published as a special issue of the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies.

    1. Diaspora Governance and Transnational Entrepreneurship: some introductory reflections on the rise of an emerging social pattern in migration studies

    Ricard Zapata-Barrero and Shahamak Rezaei

    2. Exploring the intersection of transnational, ethnic, and migration entrepreneurship

    Benson Honig

    3. They are not all the same: immigrant enterprises, transnationalism, and development

    Alejandro Portes and Brandon P. Martinez

    4. Transnational entrepreneurs: opportunity or necessity driven? Empirical evidence from two dynamic economies from Latin America and Europe

    Johannes von Bloh, Vesna Mandakovic, Mauricio Apablaza, José Ernesto Amorós and Rolf Sternberg

    5. Harnessing the potential of Moroccans living abroad through diaspora policies? Assessing the factors of success and failure of a new structure of opportunities for transnational entrepreneurs

    Ricard Zapata-Barrero and Z. Hellgren

    6. Prometheus, the double-troubled – migrant transnational entrepreneurs and the loyalty trap

    Shahamak Rezaei and Marco Goli

    7. The mixed embeddedness of transnational migrant entrepreneurs: Moroccans in Amsterdam and Milan

    Giacomo Solano

    8. Exploring the relationship between immigrant enclave theory and transnational diaspora entrepreneurial opportunity formation

    Osa-Godwin Osaghae and Thomas M. Cooney

    9. Entrepreneurs’ transnational networks channelling exports: diasporas from Central & South America, Sub-Sahara Africa, Middle East & North Africa, Asia, and the European culture region

    Ye Liu, Rebecca Namatovu, Emine Esra Karadeniz, Thomas Schøtt and Indianna D. Minto-Coy


    Ricard Zapata-Barrero is Professor of Political Science at the University Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain. Director of GRITIM–UPF (Interdisciplinary Research Group on Immigration). His main lines of research deal with contemporary issues of liberal democracy in contexts of diversity, especially the relationship between democracy, citizenship, and migration.

    Shahamak Rezaei is Associate Professor at Roskilde University, Denmark. He is the winner of "Danske Bank" 2014 award in "Social Innovation & Social Entrepreneurship". His research focuses on Transnational-Knowledge-Transfer, Migration, Transnational Entrepreneurship and Diaspora Entrepreneurship. During 2015–2019 he was Research Coordinator for the research project "DiasporaLink", financed by EU-REA– ‘Horizon 2020–RISE Program’.

    "The volume offers valuable insights about entrepreneurs operating across national boundaries, bridging origins and destinations, spanning their diasporas. As these entrepreneurs find opportunities in their countries of origin as well as with their co-ethnics located in or connected to the place of destination, a new picture emerges of their opportunities and constraints, and the implications for national development. These entrepreneurs build new governance structures and rework their relationships to the states from which they came. An insightful volume for scholars of economic sociology, entrepreneurship, and transnational migration."

    • Frederick F. Wherry, Townsend Martin, Class of 1917 Professor of Sociology at Princeton University, and the Founding Director of the Dignity and Debt Network

    "Transnational entrepreneurs are a special kind of immigrant. Unlike most immigrants, and even unlike most immigrant entrepreneurs, transnational entrepreneurs link sending and reception countries through international business, including the business of labor recruitment. Doing so, they expand and enhance the international linkages that created the immigration in the first place. Transnational entrepreneurship is an engine of change. Any sophisticated understanding of immigration needs to understand how that engine works. The daily practice of transnational entrepreneurs links business, ethnicity, class, and culture, and research on transnational immigrants needs to be multi-disciplinary to do justice to the practice. This volume significantly and consciously advances that crucial inter-disciplinary agenda."

    • Ivan Light, Professor Emeritus of Sociology, UCLA

    "The potent forces of migration, entrepreneurship and high politics combine in this compelling account on the varied and creative ways in which migrants ply their trade across borders. In this skilfully curated collection, a stellar cast of distinguished scholars offer new insights on the changing nature of ‘Transnational Entrepreneurship’. Befitting an analysis on globalisation, the contributions cover considerable territory, ranging from the lived experience of migrants engaged in cross-border trade, to the playing out of diaspora politics and governance challenges in several entrepreneurial domains. A much needed contribution."

    • Monder Ram OBE, Director, Centre for Research in Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurship, Aston Business School, Aston University

    "In a world that has seen a reaction against globalisation, the phenomenon of transnational entrepreneurship reminds us that the mixing of cultures can generate new value rather than conflict. Transnational entrepreneurs generate value across migration corridors which too often are seen as one-way streets of human misery. This book delves into the nature and consequences of transnational entrepreneurship, demonstrates the importance of multiple contexts, and sets out an agenda for research on a subject that is likely to become more, not less, important in the future. It is a valuable addition to a fast-growing literature."

    • Jonathan Levie, Professor of Entrepreneurship & Regional Development, J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics, National University of Ireland Galway

    "Representing years of research from around the world, Zapata-Barrero and Rezaei combine forces to create this collection of articles that advances our knowledge of the interacting causes and consequences of transnational entrepreneurship and how states manage and react to it. Diaspora Governance and Transnational Entrepreneurship is a trail-blazing volume and it is truly comparative and international, spanning origins and destinations across the entire world."

    • Edward Telles, Distinguished Professor, University of California, Irvine

    "This book addresses an important topic on migration and transnational diaspora in the age of great uncertainty. It provides insightful observations from a wide range of theoretical perspectives. Another highlight is that leading scholars examine this global phenomenon covering different geographical regions with important policy implications. I highly recommend this book to students of international migration, entrepreneurship, public policy and transnational studies."

    • Yipeng Liu, Professor in Management and Organisation Studies, Director, Centre for China Management and Global Business, Henley Business School, University of Reading, UK


    "In this collection of path-breaking reflections on transnational entrepreneurship, Ricard Zapata-Barrero, Shahamak Rezaei and their colleagues have provided a brilliant analysis of a truly global social pattern. They convincingly employ insights from the studies on diaspora, cross-border identities, business entrepreneurship and transnational practices. The contributions to this volume draw a differentiated portrait of complex cross-border engagements. There are insights to be gained for public policies of immigrant and emigrant states alike. This book is highly relevant for the reorientation of research in the fields of migration and entrepreneurship."

    • Thomas Faist, Professor Sociology of Transnationalization, Development and Migration Faculty of Sociology, Bielefeld University

    "The editors (Ricard Zapata and Shahamak Rezaei) have demonstrated their capacity to fill the gap of the lack of work on transnational entrepreneurship among migrants areas. It is an innovative idea, because the economic involvement of migrants as entrepreneurs through borders and citizenships is rarely highlighted. Many of them have been for a long time salaried workers in industry or agriculture and so associated with working class images. But, thanks to the diversification of migrations, transnational entrepreneurship is an emerging topic, studied here following a multifaceted approach."

    • Catherine Wihtol de Wenden, Directrice de recherche CNRS, Senior research fellow, CNRS, Sciences-Po Centre de Recherches internationales; Paris

    "This highly original and innovative edited collection brings fresh insights into the important global socio-economic phenomenon of transnational entrepreneurship. Appealing to scholars, researchers and policy-makers across many fields - migration, diasporas, transnationalism, business studies and international relations - the chapters range over diverse, multi-sited global contexts, and stress the heterogeneity of transnational entrepreneurs. As a growing global phenomenon, transnational businesses created by migrants, as immigrants and returnees, have considerable developmental potential but also pose challenges to governance and regulation."

    • Russell King, Professor of Geography, University of Sussex, Sussex Centre for Migration Research, School of Global Studies

    "The editors, Ricard Zapata-Barrero and Shahamak Rezaei, make a strong case for further developing a multidisciplinary research agenda on transnational migrant entrepreneurship. Studies on transnational economic activities have been thin on the ground, but this fascinating volume aims to fill that gap and, in so doing, draw particular attention to wider migratory dynamics and diaspora politics. This book is necessary context for any scholar working in migration and business studies."

    • Jan Rath, Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Amsterdam


    "This volume provides a welcome addition to the literature on ethnic entrepreneurship by analyzing its iterations and impacts across borders. Particularly useful is its focus on the cultural, political, and social dimensions of transnational entrepreneurial projects and on the role of states in encouraging them as an integral part of efforts to reinforce membership without residence and promote economic development. An important contribution to migration and mobility studies."

    • Peggy Levitt Chair, Department of Sociology, Wellesley College, B.A., Brandeis University; M.S., Columbia University USA