Vol. 4, Issue 6 (2018)
World of Porous Borders: Global refugee crisis and Transnationalism in Mohsin Hamid’s Exit West
Author(s): Dr. KV Surendran, Suhana PA
Abstract: The contemporary world is brimming with an unexpected number of refugees and other displaced individuals. Global refugee crisis and migration is one of the greatest problems faced by the world today. At the same time, xenophobia and hostility towards migrants are promoted by most of “privileged first world countries”, who takes different measures to keep them away. Pakistani Transnationalism novelist Mohsin Hamid’s fourth novel Exit West tries to portray the global refugee crisis and its terrifying consequences. Post 9/11 scenario is characterized by an increasing importance for nation, nationality and purity which results in the exile and death of hundreds and thousands of people. Exit West discuss these issues in detail and provides a transnational solution of magical doors which can lead people to anywhere in the world. Hamid hopes for a world without or with porous borders that protects migration as a human right.