Asylum Seeker and Refugee Entrepreneurs in Israel: Barriers to Access and Strategies for Coping in Hostile Environments


In this study we examine the business experiences of Eritrean and Sudanese asylum seekers and refugees in Israel. Specifically, we focus on those who have opened an eatery in the southern neighborhoods of Tel Aviv, highlighting the intricate interplay of individual actors, social networks, market opportunities, and the wider legal institutional context. In light of these migrants’ marginal position in Israeli society, we identify the barriers involved in setting up and operating their businesses vis-a-vis the legal and political framework, and the strategies implemented to overcome them.

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