Immigrant Entrepreneurship in Spain: A perspective of culture and identity

Student thesis: Doctoral thesis


International migration is one of the major global phenomena of the last decades. The flows of persons moving from one country to another, increased strongly in different regions of the world. A rational choice analysis of the migration decision making of an individual, would generally involve a description of a desired income, or a desire of a better living conditions, and how these desired interact. An individual is faced with a crossroads to decide to migrate or not, and to analyze those incentives and objectives there to motivate a decision. The typical migrant is faced with the problem of when to migrate and where to go, and sometimes why to migrate, and then how to survive in the host country. The Rational Choice approach provides a unique perspective on the manner in which immigrants make decisions under a specific economic context. In the second stage, the revision of the context, trends and characteristics of the new and recent immigration flows arriving to Europe give us an outlook to this phenomenon observed during the last two decades. In the third stage, the data of Latin American immigration in Spain give us a wide perspective of the scenario for the host country and the newcomers. In the forth the relevant body of extant literature of Migration, Culture and Identity reviewed, help to understand how rational migrants make decisions about themselves and their communities in the host countries. In the fifth stage, the discussion of how rational migrants express their identity and cultures throughout the market is characterized. In the final stage, the current economic scenario in Europe shows us how rational migrants had to adapt to new conditions, creating new alternatives.
Date of Award16 Oct 2013
Original languageEnglish
SupervisorJordi Bacaria Colom (Director)


  • Inmigrant
  • Entrepreneurship

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