Migration, Ethnicity and Self-Employment

Professor Stephen Drinkwater, Portrait Room, Grove House

17:00 - 19:00

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Self-employment constitutes a vital part of the economy since entrepreneurs can provide not only employment for themselves but also for others. However, the relationships between self-employment, migration and ethnicity are complex, especially given the changing nature of self-employment and the persistence of discrimination in the labour market. As a result, self-employment rates vary considerably across ethnic and migrant groups. This lecture will examine how differences in self-employment have evolved for a range of ethnic and migrant groups, focusing particularly on the UK. It will also explore the reasons for such variations.