Review: This Land Is Our Land by Suketu Mehta

An impassioned defense of global immigration from the acclaimed author of Maximum City.

Politics & Social Sciences


Drawing on his family’s own experience emigrating from India to Britain and America, and years of reporting around the world, Suketu Mehta subjects the worldwide anti-immigrant backlash to withering scrutiny. The West, he argues, is being destroyed not by immigrants but by the fear of immigrants. He juxtaposes the phony narratives of populist ideologues with the ordinary heroism of labourers, nannies and others, from Dubai to New York, and explains why more people are on the move today than ever before. As civil strife and climate change reshape large parts of the planet, it is little surprise that borders have become so porous.

This Land is Our Land also stresses the destructive legacies of colonialism and global inequality on large swathes of the world. When today’s immigrants are asked, ‘Why are you here?’, they can justly respond, ‘We are here because you were there.’ And now that they are here, as Mehta demonstrates, immigrants bring great benefits, enabling countries and communities to flourish.

Suketu Mehta writes an intimate look into the lives of immigrants and his own in This Land is Our Land: An Immigrant’s Manifesto. The stories range from those in the United States and those who are struggling to find freedom from their oppressors.

He tells the heartbreak of those whose dream is not to come to the United States, but to just survive. I think some of the most heartbreaking tales are the ones who were happy with their lives and were living their dreams only to become victims to others and have to lose their dream to come to the horror that is America.

For some the United States is the ultimate dream and to others it is the dream they sell to their families while they struggle to just survive here. They are not people described on the news or out of some politicians’ mouths – they just want to go back to living or to find a life worth living if not for them then for their children.

This is a book that everyone should read, discuss, and share.

I received this book free in a Goodreads Giveaway and give my opinion without prejudice and freely.

Rating: 5 out of 5.





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Further Details:
Publisher: Vintage Digital, 9781473563490, 2019
Pages: 320
Narrator: Vikas Adam
Settings: N/A
Sex: N/A

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Photo credit: Book cover is from Goodreads.

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Editor’s Note: previously published on PRW on 25 June 2019. Edited with updated content & PR standard formatting on 6 April 2020.

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