« Back to all events

Vietnamese immigrants in Poland as entrepreneurs

Dates:
  • Wed 18 Mar 2015 12.30 - 14.00
  Add to Calendar 2015-03-18 12:30 2015-03-18 14:00 Europe/Paris Vietnamese immigrants in Poland as entrepreneurs

Presentation by Katarzyna Andrejuk ([email protected]), Assistant Professor, Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Polish Academy of Sciences

The presentation describes business activities of Vietnamese immigrants in Poland. It analyses heterogeneity of the Vietnamese diaspora in Poland and looks at the reasons and time of migration as main grounds for the differentiation within the group. The second part focuses on the narratives of immigrant entrepreneurs to demonstrate that immigrants’ ethnicity can serve as a resource and a strategy of maximizing profits in business activities. On the other hand, the barriers associated with immigrant status appear in a form of negative stereotypes reinforced by media representations of the group and state policies towards immigrant self-employment which limit the access to the market for certain immigrant groups. The research demonstrates that ethnic entrepreneurship in a post-communist country may be the effect of the same processes as in other European states and the US (blocked professional mobility of immigrants). However, it also has region-specific traits, which will be discussed. The presentation is based on a qualitative study: in-depth interviews conducted with Vietnamese entrepreneurs and their employees (the interviews were conducted in two waves: 2010-2012 and 2014-2015). It also encompasses an analysis of Polish legal regulations concerning immigrant entrepreneurship.

Seminar Room, Villa Malafrasca DD/MM/YYYY
  Seminar Room, Villa Malafrasca

Presentation by Katarzyna Andrejuk ([email protected]), Assistant Professor, Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Polish Academy of Sciences

The presentation describes business activities of Vietnamese immigrants in Poland. It analyses heterogeneity of the Vietnamese diaspora in Poland and looks at the reasons and time of migration as main grounds for the differentiation within the group. The second part focuses on the narratives of immigrant entrepreneurs to demonstrate that immigrants’ ethnicity can serve as a resource and a strategy of maximizing profits in business activities. On the other hand, the barriers associated with immigrant status appear in a form of negative stereotypes reinforced by media representations of the group and state policies towards immigrant self-employment which limit the access to the market for certain immigrant groups. The research demonstrates that ethnic entrepreneurship in a post-communist country may be the effect of the same processes as in other European states and the US (blocked professional mobility of immigrants). However, it also has region-specific traits, which will be discussed. The presentation is based on a qualitative study: in-depth interviews conducted with Vietnamese entrepreneurs and their employees (the interviews were conducted in two waves: 2010-2012 and 2014-2015). It also encompasses an analysis of Polish legal regulations concerning immigrant entrepreneurship.


Location:
Seminar Room, Villa Malafrasca

Affiliation:
Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies

Type:
Seminar

Contact:
Migration Policy Centre Secretariat - Send a mail

Links:
MPC website
 
 

Similar events

 

Page last updated on 18 August 2017