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Darkness before DaybreakAfrican Migrants Living on the Margins in Southern Italy Today$
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Hans Lucht

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780520270718

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520270718.001.0001

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Migrant Work Situations

Migrant Work Situations

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(p.28) Two Migrant Work Situations
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Darkness before Daybreak
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Hans Lucht

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520270718.003.0002

This chapter introduces a number of important themes, including reciprocity, day laboring, and illegal life in Italy. It then describes illegal immigration to Italy and the organization of the Italian labor market for the purpose of discussing the dynamics between, on the one hand, the growing political demands for immigration control and, on the other, the needs of the vast Italian underground economy, continuously attracting unskilled labor to Italy. This is followed by a focus on the three most important migrant work situations and a discussion of immigration from an Italian point of view; that is, the reception of the West African migrants (and the racist forms it sometimes takes) is analyzed as background to a brief overview of certain features of Italian society, culture, and politics.

Keywords:   reciprocity, day laboring, illegal immigration, Italy, Italian labor market, immigration control, underground economy, West African migrants

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