In the past few years, headlines all over the world report on ‘refugee crises’ that are related to wars (ongoing war in Syria), ethnic cleansing (e.g., Rohingya persecutions in Myanmar) or violence as a result of economic and political instability. According to UNHCR, at the end of 2017, there were 68.5 million forcibly displaced people in the world: 40 million were internally displaced, 25.4 million were refugees to other countries and 3.1 million were asylum seekers or people who have applied for refugee status but are waiting for approval. With an estimated 16.2 million newly displaced people, 2017 was the sixth consecutive year that the number of forcibly displaced people in the world surpassed peak World War II levels.
Recent research has argued that by promoting refugee entrepreneurship, integration of refugees within the host society can be supported. Through engaging in entrepreneurial activities, refugees can have a stronger sense of achievement, stronger economic and social bonds within the community and, more importantly, better subjective well-being and quality of life that could facilitate the integration of the refugees and their families to the host societies. With these thoughts in mind, our mission is to contribute to the well-being of forced migrants and refugees by conducting research and providing platforms to exchange ideas and suggest solutions with the collaboration of different stakeholders.