Mussa Idris presents research on micro-enterprises by newcomers at the Society for Applied Anthropology annual conference

The paper by Idris, an assistant professor of anthropology, is part of an ongoing research project that aims to understand the resettlement experiences of refugees from Africa and Asia in North Carolina.

Mussa Idris, assistant professor in the Department Sociology and Anthropology, presented at the Society for Applied Anthropology annual conference in Portland, Oregon, on March 21, 2019.

His paper, presented at the session “Refugee and Asylee Settlement in the Context of the Receiving Society,” is an ethnographic study about the experiences of newly resettled refugees from several African and Asian countries in a city of North Carolina.

The paper was titled “A micro-enterprise initiative among newly resettled refugees in a city of the U.S. South: Challenges, best practices and lessons learned,” and it focused, in particular, in the analysis of a micro-loan program that tries to promote refugees’ economic self-sufficiency and entrepreneurship in the area.

Idris is a cultural anthropologist whose research has been published in the journal African and Black Diaspora: An International Journal (Taylor & Francis) and in the books "Africa and Globalization" (Palgrave Macmillan) and "The African Metropolis" (Routledge).