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What New or Supplementary Answers can the Life Story Approach provide within the Field of Return Migration and Entrepreneurship?: - A Case Study of Ghanaian Returnees
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
2011 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Abstract

Hansson, Magnus (2011): What New or Supplementary Answers can the Life Story Approach provide within the Field of Return Migration and Entrepreneurship? A Case Study of Ghanaian Returnees.

Human Geography, Advanced level, Master thesis for Master Exam in Human Geography, 15 ECTS

Supervisor: Bo Malmberg

Language: English

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Researchers have claimed that return migrants from developing countries have great potential to influence the development process in terms of economic growth and poverty lessening. The primary aim of this thesis is, to provide new or additional information regarding why some Ghanaian returnees fail to set up a micro, small or medium enterprise while some others succeed. The secondary aim is to explain which capital gained abroad is of significant importance for Ghanaian return migrants’ success in setting up a business. For carrying out the research purposes, life story interviews with Ghanaian returnees who are running a business have been carried out in Ghana. Interviews with experts within the field of migration have been carried out as well as a literature review of the topic. Theories related to return migration reviewed in this thesis are, New economics of labour migration and the Structural approach, Transnationalism and the Social network theory, the Human capital theory and the Financial capital theory. The results showed that explanations for outcomes of returnees’ entrepreneurial activities are very complex and can be explained by many variables. Findings from the field research shows that social as well as human capital is more important than financial capital for Ghanaian returnees when setting up a business.

 

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2011.
Keyword [en]
Return migration, entrepreneurship, social capital, human capital, financial capital, Ghana
Keyword [sv]
Återmigration, entreprenörskap, socialkapital, humankapital, finansiellt kapital, Ghana
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-58332OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-58332DiVA: diva2:420183
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Social and Behavioural Science, Law
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Available from: 2011-06-27 Created: 2011-05-31 Last updated: 2011-06-27Bibliographically approved

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