Interesting & Well-written books written by refugees

Over a span of 700 days, I personally read a total of ten (10) books written by refugees.

Only three of them made it to this list. And two of them will be presented in a “runner’s up list” further down the article.

Please note that I am not personally affiliated with any of the authors – I’m simply recommending these books because they are highly interesting and well-written.

The concept of refugees has interested me for about two years. It started when I wrote an article about how climate change has forced people to move away from their homes.

It continued when I sat down and talked to a friend of a friend. This gentleman was a Syrian refugee who arrived in Norway shortly after the infamous Syrian civil war broke out for real in 2018.

Even though I don’t consider myself on the left side of politics, I felt that I wanted to learn more about refugees:

  • How they experience something as dramatic as leaving their home country to seek a better life
  • What type of refugees exist
  • And how refugees themselves look at people who claim that many of them aren’t really forced to leave their home country. but “just want to take advantage of western society”

Answers to all of these questions, and a lot more, can be found in the books that I have recommended in this article.

In a hurry? Here are the top 3 recommended books written by refugees

After the Last Border: Two Families and the Story of Refuge in America
The Boy at the Back of the Class
Outcasts United: The Story of a Refugee Soccer Team That Changed a Town
After the Last Border: Two Families and the Story of Refuge in America
The Boy at the Back of the Class
Outcasts United: The Story of a Refugee Soccer Team That Changed a Town
$22.28
$7.99
$9.59
After the Last Border: Two Families and the Story of Refuge in America
After the Last Border: Two Families and the Story of Refuge in America
$22.28
The Boy at the Back of the Class
The Boy at the Back of the Class
$7.99
Outcasts United: The Story of a Refugee Soccer Team That Changed a Town
Outcasts United: The Story of a Refugee Soccer Team That Changed a Town
$9.59

In order to read more about why each of these books are recommended, feel free to read below. 🙂

Being a refugee in the US: After The Last Border

I’m sure most of us can relate to several elements in this book.

It features a refugee who arrives in Austin, Texas during the Trump era.

The story goes further towards two other refugees that meet the new reality in America. After The Last Border is not only well-written and highly interesting.

The book is also a historical document that provides the reader with an accurate journey through the shifting and more hostile refugee politics in America.

Why is this book recommended?

  • After The Last Border has received an overwhelming response from journalists and book critics all over the world

  • The book is not written in an unnecessarily complex way, which helps non-native English speakers like me

  • It provides insight into how vulnerable refugees experienced a stricter line towards foreign aid during the Donald Trump administration

Bonus: if you want to read what Donald Trump thinks about climate change, I’ve also written an article about that. Click here. 🙂

The heartwarming story about a child refugee: The boy at the back of the class

The Boy at the Back of the Class is a story about a 9-year old Syrian refugee named Ahmet.

His first meetings with his classmates didn’t go as they should. Ahmet was shy, not very talkative, and practiced “social distancing” long before it was necessary.

After seeing his sad face for several days, his classmates come up with a genius plan: re-unite Ahmet with his beloved ones back in Syria.

Why is this book recommended?

  • Onjali Rauf takes you through an emotional roller coaster with this book. You got chapters that are sad – and in the next moment, you’re smiling at some funny comment.

  • If I was a teacher, I would probably try to get my pupils to read The Boy at the Back of the Class. This book is a masterpiece that is highly relevant in the times we’re living in.

  • One comment on Amazon even called this author “the next JK Rowling”. I believe that’s enough to recommend the book. 😉

A different success story: Outcasts United

I guess we’re all tired of the same success sports story. We already know the script: some underdog team does exceptionally well and wins a championship they never thought they had a chance to win.

Outcasts United is sort of like that…but with a twist.

The team is put together of refugees who have been struggling in life – and, even better – the book is based on a real story!

If you’re interested in soccer/football and want to read about the successful integration of refugees, I would strongly recommend this book.

Why is this book recommended?

  • First of all because of my extreme interest in football (or soccer, as some of you Americans call it).

  • Secondly, because the book is based on a real story. Outcasts United was, in reality, called Fugees. If you want to read more about how the team developed, I would recommend their official website: Outcastsunited.com.

Runner’s up

The Girl Who Escaped ISIS: This Is My Story (Thorndike Press Large Print Popular and Narrative Nonfiction Series)
Rising Tides: Climate Refugees in the Twenty-First Century
The Girl Who Escaped ISIS: This Is My Story (Thorndike Press Large Print Popular and Narrative Nonfiction Series)
Rising Tides: Climate Refugees in the Twenty-First Century
$28.91
$17.19
The Girl Who Escaped ISIS: This Is My Story (Thorndike Press Large Print Popular and Narrative Nonfiction Series)
The Girl Who Escaped ISIS: This Is My Story (Thorndike Press Large Print Popular and Narrative Nonfiction Series)
$28.91
Rising Tides: Climate Refugees in the Twenty-First Century
Rising Tides: Climate Refugees in the Twenty-First Century
$17.19

Why are these two refugee books on the list?

The Girl Who Escaped ISIS and Rising Tides: Climate Change Refugees are books that deserved to be mentioned.

But please note that these books are not on the list because they are well-written nor tell a superb story.

These books have been picked simply because they fit two of my interest fields:

  • True crime/ISIS. I’ve probably watched any video possible about ISIS, the Syrian war, and how ISIS has tried to recruit people from Europe and the US to join their army in Syria. I love it. It’s interesting. The Girl Who Escaped ISIS tells a story with so many heartbreaking details that I could barely sleep after reading it.

  • Climate change … well? What do you think this whole website is about? 🙂 I’m a nerd when it comes to the environment, vegan food, climate change – and everything in between those topics.

    Over the next couple of years, I’m sure there will be many better books than Rising Tides: Climate Change refugees on that particular subject. But as of today, this is the only book that covers this topic in a very precise manner.

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I hope you found what you were looking for.

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