The Long Homecoming

Ghanaian Migrant Business and Power in Veneto, Italy

in Migration and Society
Author: Hans Lucht 1
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  • 1 Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS)
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Abstract

This article discusses the challenge of returning home after years abroad from the perspective of Ghanaian labor migrants in northern Italy. It seeks to explore how Ghanaian migrants after years of hard work still find themselves fundamentally estranged from Italy and constantly must navigate day-to-day experiences of bigotry and discrimination in the workplace. Yet the migrants realize that returning home to Ghana is not as straightforward as they might have imagined when they set out, and how to protect advances upon returning to a home country that has changed rapidly during their years in Italy is a recurring subject of concern. Based on ethnographic vignettes, the article will explore West African migrants’ everyday struggles in Italy's segregated and crisis-hit labor market.

Contributor Notes

HANS LUCHT is an anthropologist and senior researcher at the Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS) in Copenhagen. His research focuses on undocumented migration from Africa to Europe via North Africa. His work is based on ethnographic fieldwork in Ghana, Niger, Libya, Italy, and Greece.

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