The Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) UK Report, analysed early stage start-ups as part of an study into entrepreneurial trends, attitudes and aspirations in 2015.
It found people who live in the UK but were born overseas have a significantly higher rate of Total Early-Stage Entrepreneurial Activity (TEA) than life-long residents. UK-born returning migrants also have a significantly higher rate of TEA.
The report, written by experts from Aston Business School in Birmingham and the University of Strathclyde, reveals 15.4% of immigrants were early-stage entrepreneurs in 2015,
compared to 10.5% of UK-born returning migrants.
By comparison, the figure for UK-born individuals who have migrated inside the UK was just over 6.1%, and only 5.3% for UK-born individuals who had lived all their lives in the same region.
Professor Mark Hart, of Aston Business School, said: “It’s notable that immigrants, together with those who have lived abroad for some time, have a significantly higher TEA rate. The wider experience and skills of many immigrants and returnee migrants may enable them to spot and exploit opportunities more readily.”
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