November 8, 2013

Why refugees are trained entrepreneurs

Almost no-one is against immigration from a country in "west," like United States, to another country in "west," like Norway. But more people are against immigration from "troublesome" countries like Syria and Afghanistan. This is always a very difficult topic to talk about, but I will try. To begin the discussion, we will start with a video on immigration by the comedian Chris Rock.

The important part begins at 5:29 and it goes like this:
"If you swam here from some shitty country that didn't allow you bobalicious, you too are American, because you overcame obstacles and made sacrifices to actually get here. You too are a true American. You really are. Don't let nobody tell you no different. Everybody else [except war veterans]: you are just lucky. That's it, you are just lucky. All you did was to come out of your mother's p*ssy on American soil. That's it. You think you are better than somebody from France because you came out of a p*ssy in Detroit?" 

Jim Collins has written several books on the subject of company sustainability and growth. The book series follows companies from the birth to the bitter end. The book Good to Great will explain how to transform a good company into a great company. In the book, he interviewed an executive who had transformed his company from good to great. The executive said that he often hired people with no industry or business experience. In one case, he hired a manager who'd been captured twice during the Second World War and escaped both times.
"I thought that anyone who could do that shouldn't have trouble with business."

In a recent article from the Wall Street Journal, Northern Europe Beckons to Desperate Syrians, the author tells the story of Syrian refugees. One of the refugees, Mohamad Simo, had managed to escape the war in Syria by escaping to Sweden. His family's home in Aleppo was flattened by the war and he fled to Turkey. Then he tried escape Turkey by escaping to Greece. He tried to cross the Aegean Sea in a boat full of migrants, but the Greek navy stopped the boat and he stayed in Athens and laid low for two months. To get to Sweden, he paid smugglers to get him a fake passport. The first four times, the false passports were spotted so he wasn't allowed to board the plane. The fifth time, the passport worked and he could finally escape to Sweden. Mohamad Simo's dream is to open a chain of coffee shops called Sham Coffee (he might consider changing the name since the English word "sham" is similar to "fraud"). The concept is similar to Starbucks but with Syrian coffee. I don't think he will have any problems with trying out the idea if he could make that journey from Syria to Sweden.