ILJ-MI Book Club


The ILJ-MI book club meets bi-monthly virtually to discuss titles that are relevant to our clients and immigrant and refugee stories. It would be a pleasure if you joined us. The group is casual and conservational, and you can participate even if you haven’t read (or finished) the book. 

The next ILJ-MI book discussion is scheduled for Saturday September 30 at 11AM. 

Our book selection is The Naked Don’t Fear the Water by Matthieu Aikins.

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For his first book, Aikins tells the story of joining his long-time Afghan interpreter and driver in his 2016 journey to flee the country along smugglers’ routes and reach Europe. To accompany his friend, Aikins had to ditch his own identity and passport and assume the role of an Afghan refugee. Aikins says his ethnic background makes him look uncannily Afghan. The experience gave Aikins an intimate look at some of the Afghans, Syrians and others risking everything to start new lives through this massive movement of humanity.

Below is an interview with the author Matthieu Aikins.

To view a list of the books we’ve previously covered in the book club click the link below:

Immigration Book Club list to date 

For more information contact Suzanne Stichler at 


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