Imran Sarihasan

Imran Sarihasan has a Ph.D. from the University of Debrecen in Hungary, with the honorific Summa Cum Laude. Human mobility, labor markets, migration statistics, immigrant entrepreneurship, and gender studies are areas in which Imran works. Currently, she is working as a Postdoctoral Fellow (PASIFIC scholar) in Immigrant Entrepreneurship at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences.
At IFiS, Imran is based in the Sociology of Migration unit, led by dr hab. Katarzyna Andrejuk.

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Persisting Immigrant Entrepreneurship during the Covid-19 Pandemic in EU Member States


In this project, I study immigrant enterprises that have recently started a business (nascent) in the current period (registered 2 years before Covid-19 began), with the period chosen between 2020 and 2024 in the EU Member States by addressing these key questions. For example:

  • What strategies have been applied to eliminate or overcome these challenges from the country of residence (EU Member States) during the economic downturn since Covid-19 started to support the persistence of immigrant enterprises?
  • Do generation differences (first and second-generation immigrants) influence survival rates on immigrant entrepreneurship during the Covid-19 crisis?
  • Do immigrant entrepreneurs’ characteristics (e.g., education background, gender, language skills) affect the persistence of their enterprises during the Covid-19 crisis?
  • How can public policies from destination countries improve the business environment during the Covid-19 pandemic for firms operated by immigrant entrepreneurs to increase their chances of survival?

Considering the substantial migration flows in recent years towards Hungary, Poland and Germany, the project is going to have a total 50 depth-interview with migrants and experts to answer the above-mentioned questions.

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