More than a million refugees crossed into Europe in 2015. The public debate focussed on sheltering, whilst integration into the labour market also requires action. Meanwhile, immigrants find themselves in a marginalised position. An increasing number of immigrants are trying to start their own business, but several problems are met. The success rate of these businesses is generally low. Refugee entrepreneurship can have a positive impact on human rights in terms of participation, resilience and empowerment. Therefore, entrepreneurship should be seen as a new arena for social and economic action in the EU.

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