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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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Living on the Moon

(p.270) Epilogue
Darkness before Daybreak

Hans Lucht

University of California Press

This epilogue presents the author's reflections about the current situation of Samuel, an illegal immigrant from Ghana. Having obtained documents in Italy, he finally made it out of Naples and found his way to Denmark where he works at a McDonald's restaurant. Sammy's job was to clean up the whole place before daybreak. Then he would move on to an office building in the city, where he emptied dustbins and washed the floors. Driving home after meeting Samuel, the author recalled something his wife had said to him in Naples. That although they didn't live far from each other, given Sammy's plight as an illegal immigrant, he might as well live on the moon. The author feels that even if Sammy was finally at the end of the journey that he imagined would change his life, was still living on the moon.

Keywords:   illegal immigrants, illegal migration, Ghana, Naples, Italy, Denmark

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