In Mohsin Hamid’s novel, Exit West, Hamid gives the reader perspective on the life of migrants and their assimilation to the places that they migrate to. By focusing on the actual assimilation into their new homes, rather than the journey, Hamid humanizes the migrants and helps the audience understand that they desire normal lives and to fit into society as much as any other citizen.
Throughout the novel, Hamid shows through many of the different character perspectives that change is inevitable. For the migrants, the change that they endure is very drastic. Moving to a new a country, learning a new language, working new jobs, and learning to socialize with new people are just a few examples of the changes that migrants go through. While migrants endure the changes of moving to a new place, the natives have to accept the change and fact that new people (migrants) are moving in. Some natives are heavily against migration. This is demonstrated in the novel when Nadia and Saeed face a mob of natives in London: “The mob looked to Nadia like a strange and violent tribe, intent on their destruction, some armed with iron bars or knives, and she and Saeed turned and ran” (134). In this situation, the anti-migrant natives physically attacked migrants, which emphasizes how much they were against embracing and changing how things were. While this is the case, even more migrants continued to move to London and workplaces for migrants were soon established, which demonstrates that even while a person or group of people may be against change, it will still occur.