The Ungrateful Refugee is a clarion call for human dignity, especially for those who have been forced from their home countries.
Author Dina Nayeri details her experience fleeing Iran as a child and ties it to several other refugees’ stories — people who fled persecution and certain death to give themselves and their families a better life.
Nayeri “tears the flimsy distinction between ‘economic migrant’ and ‘refugee’ to shreds as she argues for a common humanity no matter the circumstances and reveals callous and inhumane Western attitudes and policies toward immigrants,” said a review in goodreads.com.
The Ungrateful Refugee “is a blend of memoir and nonfiction that recounts Nayeri’s experiences as a young refugee, with additional narratives from other refugees from Iran who looked to Europe and the US as safe havens only to go through years of brutal hardship and callous bureaucracy,” added the review.
“It should come as no surprise that this book is full of righteous anger at the way refugees are treated by the Western world. This is absolutely a book for our times.”