Exit West and What it says about Immigration

Exit West is an incredible novel by author Mohsin Hamid. A somewhat love story of two people desperate to get out of a country on the brink of civil war. Through magical doors, the title characters Saeed and Nadia are able to leave their old lives behind and start a new life together in three different locations.

While it seems like getting out of their country will serve to benefit them, it almost seems like everywhere they go is much of the same. In just about every country they go to, they are on the outside looking in. From the locals scorning them, to the government constantly spying or attacking, it seems that Saeed and Nadia are not wanted anywhere. We see this within our own society as well.

The United States was built on immigration from a vast amount of countries. But these days, it seems as if we have forgotten that. In the case of Saeed and Nadia, all they want to do is show the people of whatever country it is they may be in that they want to contribute to the society the locals have built, and that they are just here to help. We see this manifest in our own country, with hundreds of people being denied everyday.

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