Why Are Pakistanis Leaving the Country?

Episode 6

Recently, we have seen people from across the class spectrum migrate to other countries at a level never seen before. Dr. Ali Khan and Mohsin Hamid discuss some of the leading causes responsible for driving the crisis of international migration among Pakistanis, including an intensifying economic crisis and political turmoil, surging terrorism, and constant threats of natural disasters.

Ali Khan

Ali Khan is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Dean at the Mushtaq Ahmad Gurmani School of Humanities and Social Sciences at LUMS. His research interests vary from labour issues to popular culture in Pakistan focusing particularly on cinema and sports. Ali Khan’s book Representing Children: Power, Policy and the Discourse on Child Labour in the Football Manufacturing Industry of Pakistan was published in 2007 by Oxford University Press. He is also the General Editor for a series of seven books on Sociology and Anthropology in Pakistan.  Ali Khan has an MPhil and a PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Cambridge in England.

Mohsin Hamid
Mohsin Hamid is the author of five novels – Moth Smoke, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia, Exit West and The Last White Man – and a book of essays, Discontent and Its Civilizations.

His writing has been translated into over forty languages, featured on bestseller lists, and adapted for cinema.

Born in Lahore, he has spent about half his life there and much of the rest in London, New York  and California.