What type of refugee business exists in your local community? 

Hairdresser business is popular among Syrian and Iraqi refugees. Most of them are working in Vilnius with a business certificate or business licence.

However, there are examples of foreigners who have successfully developed their business in Lithuania, at example, restaurants, construction business and other.

More information:

Rawad, a Syrian refugee, founded a Don Pedro café in Vilnius, where he also employed other refugees.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/Don-PEDRO-180708369416654/?tn-str=k*F

Eskedar Tilahun Maštavičienė, refugee from Ethiopia, is a well-known businesswoman and public figure.  Her first business in Lithuania was a clothing shop. She is now successfully importing coffee beans from Ethiopia. More information: https://www.facebook.com/eskedarcoffee/

She is also involved in social and public activities — teaches employees business English, works as an interpreted in the Department of Migration, “Caritas”, helps to integrate refugees. She’s constantly visiting Women’s Crisis Centres, hostels. In 2019 she was elected a person of the year by “Kauno žinios” news portal.

Pavel, refugee from Belarus, is involved in construction business. More information: https://www.unhcr.org/neu/914-in-person-pavels-successful-integration-in-lithuania.html

  1. Ghulam, refugee from Afghanistan, with his friend Tajik Sulamano opened a restaurant in Vilnius “Rytietiška virtuvė”. More information: https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Product-Service/Rytieti%C5%A1ka-Virtuv%C3%A9-425446034546734/

Uzbekistan refugee Farruh Azimov has been leading Halal Control Lithuania for several years. It provides certification for food and non-food manufacturers, meat processors and control of production produced in accordance with the Halal requirements. Businessman successfully develops international business with Malaysia.