Immigrant Entrepreneurship in Cities

Global Perspectives

  • Cathy Yang Liu

Part of the The Urban Book Series book series (UBS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Theories, Patterns, and Contexts of Reception of Immigrant Entrepreneurship

  3. Changing Spaces, Business Clustering, and Placemaking of Immigrant Entrepreneurship

  4. Global Networks, Local Connections, and Policies of Immigrant Entrepreneurship

About this book


This book draws on evidence from global cities around the world and explores various dimensions of immigrant entrepreneurship and urban development. It provides a substantive contribution to the existing literature in several ways. First of all, it pursues a comparative approach, with case studies from both the global north and global south, so as to broaden the theoretical framework in this area especially as pertinent to emerging economies. Second, it covers multiple scales, from local community place-making, to urban contexts of reception, to transnational networks and connections. Third, it combines approaches and research methods from numerous disciplines, investigating entry dynamics, trends and patterns, business performance, challenges, and the impact of immigrant entrepreneurship in urban areas. Finally, it pays particular attention to current international experiences regarding urban policies on immigrant entrepreneurship. Given its scope, the book will be an enlightening read for anyone interested in immigration, entrepreneurship and urban development issues around the globe.

As global cities around the world continue to attract both domestic migrants and international migrants to their bustling metropolises, immigrant entrepreneurship is emerging as an important urban phenomenon that calls for careful examination. From Chinatown in New York, to Silicon Valley in San Francisco, to Little Africa in Guangzhou, immigrant-owned businesses are not only changing the business landscape in their host communities, but also transforming the spatial, economic, social, and cultural dynamics of cities and regions.


Immigrant Entrepreneurship Urban Development Global Cities Ethnic Businesses Transnational Networks Place-making Immigrant Policy

Editors and affiliations

  1. 1.Andrew Young School of Policy StudiesGeorgia State UniversityAtlantaUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2021
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-50362-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-50363-5
  • Series Print ISSN 2365-757X
  • Series Online ISSN 2365-7588
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