When Jawad Khwaja Sahib arrives in Switzerland, he has just the clothes on his back and a wallet with twenty Swiss Francs. He left his native Pakistan seeking more opportunity and a better life. Back home, he had finished his studies, but could not find steady employment to help support his family. Jawad believes he can find prosperity abroad.
He faces several obstacles throughout his journey, and he is advised to seek shelter in Switzerland because of its relaxed asylum program. But Jawad discovers there is no recipe for immediate success in this foreign country. He must learn to adapt to Swiss customs and laws and be industrious in order to make a living and send money to support his family back home. Tempted by the high of drinking and partying, Jawad makes a string of bad decisions-until an accident forces him to take a closer look at his life.
A coming-of-age novel, A Refugee in Switzerland provides a firsthand look at the challenges refugees face and the perseverance they must exercise to work for a better life.