Integration through entrepreneurship in Norway : current situation, opportunities and policy implications
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- Master Thesis 
This master’s thesis has addressed the topic of immigrant entrepreneurship that is becoming increasingly important in Norway along with the increased immigration. The thesis has reviewed the most up to date research on the topic from Norway and abroad and developed a model that explains the phenomenon of immigrant business. Also the current situation with respect to innovation and entrepreneurship in Norway is reviewed. The theoretical model is tested empirically through carrying out 11 interviews with immigrant entrepreneurs in Bergen, Drammen and Oslo. The thesis concludes that immigrant entrepreneurship is a phenomenon that is releasing creativity and innovation and leads to a better integration and life quality of immigrants and thus should be encouraged by the policy makers. The major obstacles immigrant entrepreneurs face in Norway are lack of financing and hardships dealing with the laws and regulations and the thesis makes a number of policy suggestions to overcome these.