The Story of Jonny, an Eritrean Entrepreneur in Tel Aviv, Israel

  • Sibylle HeilbrunnEmail author
  • Anna Rosenfeld


Jonny is an Eritrean refugee in his 30s, who lives with his wife and daughter in Tel Aviv, Israel. Jonny was forcefully recruited to the Eritrean army in 2007. On February 5 2009, when guarding the Ethiopian border at night, he crossed the border and simply walked away. Today, Jonny is the sole owner of a kindergarten and daycare center for children of the Eritrean community. Overcoming the many barriers resulting from an institutional void in Tel Aviv, Jonny has a powerful story—about an asylum seeker in Tel Aviv, who is also an entrepreneur and community leader, bricoleuring in an institutional void.


Eritrea Israel Institutional void Bricolage entrepreneur 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Social Sciences and HumanitiesKinneret College on the Sea of GalileeZemach, Sea of GalileeIsrael
  2. 2.Department of General HistoryTel Aviv UniversityTel AvivIsrael

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