“Who are we refugees? People with multiple identities, who are actually better prepared to become citizens of the global system.”

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Teame teaches at the Graduate School of Education at the University of Bristol, and has consulted on education policy in a range of different countries.

He is an Eritrean who obtained political asylum in the United Kingdom in the late 1970s, completed his PhD there, and has been extraordinarily active in supporting refugees and international students.

We talk about his experiences with:

  • engagement in Eritrea under the current regime, and whether it is possible to do good technical work alongside alongside total political dysfunction;
  • efforts to foster international curiosity and understanding in the UK, through (dare I say it) the dark days of Thatcherism;
  • the role of universities in the global north in international cooperation;
  • integrating in the UK as a refugee, and helping others to do the same.