Title: Determinants of entrepreneurial intentions among the immigrants: Canadian perspective

Authors: Nadeem Akhtar; Syed Muhammad Azeem; Abdullah Faisal Basiouni; Ghulam Mustafa Mir

Addresses: Management Sciences Department, Yanbu Industrial College, 41912, Yanbu, Saudi Arabia ' Department of Human Resources and Organizational Behavior, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada ' Management Sciences Department, Yanbu Industrial College, 41912, Yanbu, Saudi Arabia ' Department of Management Sciences, University of Gujrat, Gujrat, Pakistan

Abstract: The observational study revolves around the attitudes towards entrepreneurship. A survey of 387 Canadian immigrants, predominantly from the South Asian countries, i.e., Pakistan and India, was conducted. The data was then analysed using SmartPLS 3.2.8. The study reveals that perceived structural support (PStS) is a weak pointer of entrepreneurial intentions. Instead, personal attributes, i.e., self-efficacy and internal locus of control, contribute to entrepreneurial intentions. The outcomes also raise questions about the Canadian government's immigration strategy, which chooses foreigners based on financial potential and not on starting their own business. The study serves as a guideline for policymakers that if immigrants carrying personal attributes of high self-efficacy provided social support in the immigrant country, they could quickly start a new business.

Keywords: immigrants; entrepreneurial intentions; social support; structural support; Canada.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTGM.2023.130143

International Journal of Trade and Global Markets, 2023 Vol.17 No.1, pp.88 - 107

Accepted: 26 Jan 2022
Published online: 05 Apr 2023 *

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