SPECIAL ISSUE: Contemporary Issues and Solutions in Migrant Entrepreneurship


                          SPECIAL ISSUE GUEST EDITORS: Prof Robertson Tengeh and Prof Mulatu Zerihun   

                                           SUPERVISING EDITOR: Prof Zivanayi Nyandoro

Migrant entrepreneurship is a phenomenon that has gained increasing attention from scholars, policymakers, and practitioners in recent years (Naudé et al., 2017; Solano et al., 2023) due to the growth of the small business sector and the supportive business environment in today’s society. It encompasses the entrepreneurial endeavours of migrants who have established businesses in their adopted homes (Naudé et al., 2017). However, despite the promising economic and social advantages associated with migrant entrepreneurs, they face various modern challenges that hinder their success and limit their growth opportunities. This notwithstanding, migrant entrepreneurs often face marginalisation in mainstream discussions on entrepreneurship (Williams & Krasniqi, 2018).
To ensure the successful integration and prosperity of migrant entrepreneurs, it is necessary to understand their challenges and implement suitable solutions given the rising number of cross-border migrants (Williams & Krasniqi, 2018).
This call for papers intends to investigate the contemporary problems and solutions in migrant entrepreneurship, shedding light on the unique obstacles encountered by migrant entrepreneurs and suggesting novel strategies to promote their success.
This special issue aims to provide a platform for scholars to present their research on contemporary issues and solutions in migrant entrepreneurship. We seek papers that examine the challenges faced by migrant entrepreneurs, the factors influencing their business attitudes and behaviour, and the strategies they employ to overcome barriers and achieve success. Additionally, we encourage papers that propose innovative solutions and policy recommendations to support and empower migrant entrepreneurs.
Areas of Focus
Migrant entrepreneurship-related submissions are encouraged on the following subjects, among others:
1. Objective institutionalised barriers and their impact on migrant entrepreneurs’ performance.
2. Migrant entrepreneurial resilience
3. Ethical issues in migrant entrepreneurship
4. Comparative analysis of migrant entrepreneurship in different countries.
5. Transnational migrant entrepreneurship and its spatial dynamics.
6. Intersectionality and its role in understanding the experiences of women migrant entrepreneurs.
7. Informal entrepreneurship among migrant youth.
8. The role of social integration in promoting migrant entrepreneurship.
9. Role of regulation in shaping migrant entrepreneurship.
10. Xenophobia and migrant entrepreneurship
We encourage submissions that use any appropriate research methodology, including but not limited to quantitative, qualitative, or mixed methods. Quantitative, qualitative, as well as those that combine these approaches are also encouraged. Literature reviews and studies based on primary data collection, such as surveys, interviews, and case studies, are encouraged. Comparative studies across different countries or regions are also highly valued.
Submission Guidelines
All submissions to the journal should be made through the journal’s online submission system. Experts in the field will carefully review each contribution to guarantee high standards for the final publications.
Manuscripts should adhere to the journal’s formatting guidelines.
Important Dates
Submission Deadline: June 2024
Notification of Acceptance: September 2024
Final Manuscript Due: November 2024
Expected Publication: December 2024
This call for papers aims to bring together researchers from various disciplines to contribute to understanding contemporary issues and solutions in migrant entrepreneurship. By shedding light on the challenges faced by migrant entrepreneurs and proposing effective strategies and policies, we can foster an inclusive and supportive environment for their success. We look forward to receiving high-quality submissions that advance our knowledge in this important field.
Afreh, B., Rodgers, P., Vershinina, N., Williams, C. (2019). Varieties Of Context and Informal Entrepreneurship. IJEBR, 5(25): 996-1013. https://doi.org/10.1108/ijebr-02-2018-0109.
Solano, G. (2021). A Level Playing Field For Migrant Entrepreneurs? the Legal And Policy Landscape Across Eu And OECD Countries. International Migration, 2(61): 27-47. https://doi.org/10.1111/imig.12939.
Naudé, W., Siegel, M., Marchand, K. (2017). Migration, Entrepreneurship and Development: Critical Questions. IZA J Migration, 1(6). https://doi.org/10.1186/s40176-016-0077-8.
Williams, N., Krasniqi, B. A. (2018). Coming Out Of Conflict: How Migrant Entrepreneurs Utilise Human and Social Capital. J Int Entrep, 2(16): 301-323. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10843-017-0221-4.

The Journal of Entrepreneurial Innovations (JEI) is a free open access, free to publish online journal that is published by the Department of Management & Entrepreneurship (DME) at the University of the Western Cape. The JEI specialises in publishing research and analyses pertaining to entrepreneurship trends and particularly innovations in the small, medium, and micro enterprises (SMMEs).
By definition, entrepreneurship is a cross-disciplinary concept; as such, JEI encourages authors to position their research from multi- and inter-disciplinary perspectives. JEI seeks to enhance scholastic discourse in the numerous disciplines that affect SMMEs and entrepreneurship. This includes accounting, finance, general management, leadership, microfinance, entrepreneurship, small business management, management information systems, business law, marketing, project management, poverty alleviation, sustainable development, and ethics, among others. Above all, the journal seeks to provide greater dissemination of information and knowledge in these disciplines.
JEI’s Publication policy
JEI is a double blind peer-reviewed journal that is published as an open-access online journal. One volume constituting three issues (March, July, October) is published once a year.
The types of papers published include:
a) Research papers: these report on empirical scientific studies that provide new insights into theory, practice as well as methodologies applied to reach and verify findings of important concerns within emerging markets. Although there are no strict length requirements that are stipulated for this type of publications, research papers usually range from 5, 000 words to 7, 000 words (approx. 7 - 12 manuscript pages). JEI imposes a word limit of 10, 000 words per manuscript.
b) Conceptual papers: conceptual papers (i.e., ideas, concepts, or frameworks not yet empirically tested) are also encouraged. Submissions of this nature often includes the examination of novel theories, concepts, and ideas. The length of conceptual papers usually does not vary from research papers and can range from 5, 000 words to 7, 000 words (approx. 7 - 12 manuscript pages).
c) Reviews: the journal also seeks to publish reviews of various publications including books, articles, and other contemporary phenomena. Generally, reviews are shorter in length, at approximately 2 to 4 manuscript pages.
d) Technical Reports: are usually written for a non-academic audience such as business managers and practitioners. The emphasis of technical reports is to encourage the dissemination of practical knowledge, which is of great importance but rarely published. These publications typically range from 2 to 5 pages.
e) Case studies: these are specific in-depth analyses of individual phenomena, businesses, or events. Case studies allow for a detailed introspection into a single phenomenon that facilitates problem solving.
f) Conference Special Issues: in certain instances, approved conference proceedings will be published in the Journal of Entrepreneurial Innovations as a Special Issue. All papers presented at such conferences will be published after going through the normal (double-blind) review process.
g) Doctoral proposals: as a means to promote the publication of research and scientific material of new and upcoming scholars, JEI encourages doctoral students to publish their research proposals. This is a unique offering for PhD students; this is particularly true given that PhD candidates in the developing world have limited research experience and not too many options to publish their work, this journal provides this platform as a research mentorship and training platform. Qualified supervisors will provide constructive feedback and the concerned candidates will be afforded the opportunity to improve on their proposals and theses. Specific guidelines are provided for Doctoral proposals, as these tend to be considerably short publications in the region of about 1, 500 and 3, 000 words.

For more information, please contact the Editorial Office on jei@uwc.ac.za