Self-employment and the chicle trade: the case of the Lebanese minority in the Cayo district of Belize
by Carel Roessingh; Karim Darwish
International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business (IJESB), Vol. 17, No. 1, 2012

Abstract: Belize is a relative small country in Central America, which is enclosed by Mexico in the north and by Guatemala in the west and south. The country has a multi-ethnic population consisting of, amongst others, Mestizos, Creoles, Garinagu, Maya's, Mennonites, Chinese and East Indian. One of the ethnic minorities, which has a strong economic position in Belize, is the Lebanese community. When the Lebanese first arrived in Belize in the early 1900s Belize was a prosperous British colony. Lebanese came to Belize because they wanted to improve their economic situation. The word had reached them that Belize was a good and calm country where they could succeed and readily engage in business. The first immigrants came through Mexico which had a large Lebanese community. The focus of this article is on the Lebanese migration to Belize and how the Lebanese used self-employment to become successful entrepreneurs in Belize.

Online publication date: Thu, 09-Aug-2012

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