Dirceu Benincá, Vânia Aguiar Pinheiro
This text discusses the situation of the Senegalese who live in the town of Erechim, state of Rio Grande do Sul, and who became migrants for work-related reasons. The adversities experienced in their country of origin, when traveling and in their new social milieu get mixed with the hope for a better life. After locating the phenomenon of migration in the context of neoliberal globalization, the text highlights aspects of Senegalese identity. It then describes some of the difficulties these Senegalese face, mainly in relation to work, language, distance from their home and integration into local society.
Keywords: Senegalese Migrants. Identity. Work. Globalization. Social Integration.