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Most British Bangladeshi women do not have paid work, and the multiple barriers they face to employment are largely unaddressed by mainstream policies, leading to social exclusion and poverty. This study reviews the viability of supporting British Bangladeshi women to transition to self-employment. Findings suggest that British Bangladeshi women have a keen interest in economic activity, including self-employment. However, scarcity of human, social, financial and labour capital inhibit the entrepreneurial process of mobilizing resources to exploit a market opportunity.

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