refugee student cultural background profiles

Learn about your students and their cultural backgrounds

By being culturally informed, you’ll be better equipped for teaching diverse students in your multicultural classroom. Read and download our profiles. You can download all of the profiles as one PDF at the bottom of this page. The profiles are short so you can quickly learn key information to help you ensure your students succeed.

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Students from Afghanistan are very focused on their families Kara karantawa

Bhutan (Nepali Origin)

Refugee students from Bhutan may have gone to school in Nepal Kara karantawa


Students from Burma tend to highly respect teachers but most have interrupted educations Kara karantawa


Students from Burundi tend to be more circular learners Kara karantawa


Students from Cambodia are likely second generation students Kara karantawa


Chinese students are likely to be respectful and formal with their teachers. Kara karantawa


Colombia has a strong education system. Duk da haka, students from Colombia may have fled violence and not have attended school. Kara karantawa


Cuban families strongly believe in the value of educaiton Kara karantawa

Jamhuriyar Dimokradiyyar Congo

Many students from the DRC spent long years in refugee camps Kara karantawa

El Salvador

Students from El Salvador tend to live in multi-generation families Kara karantawa


Many Eritreans were resettled to the United States in the early 2000s Kara karantawa


Ethiopian students likely had limited resources in their schools Kara karantawa


Many Guatemalan families in the United States are from the Mayan culture and may not speak Spanish. Kara karantawa


Many students from Haiti came to the United States after the earthquake Kara karantawa


Students from Honduras have varying degrees of education and may have experienced violence Kara karantawa


Students from Iran likely attended schools but may not have been encouraged to think critically Kara karantawa


Iraqi students are likely literate and may have highly educated parents Kara karantawa

Karen (Burma)

Karen students highly respect teachers. Many did not have access to formal education Kara karantawa


Karenni students highly respect teachers. Many did not have access to formal education Kara karantawa


Most students from Laos are second generation immigrants Kara karantawa


Liberians have a lot of familiarity and experience with American culture Kara karantawa

Mon (Burma)

Mon students highly respect teachers. Many did not have access to formal education Kara karantawa


Refugee students from Nepal likely had limited educational opportunities Kara karantawa


Most Nicaraguan students have families who want to be involved in their education. Kara karantawa


Girls are less likely to have attended school. Parents will need to be invited to attend school events Kara karantawa

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico is a part of the United States but students have very different opportunities Kara karantawa

Rakhine State (Burma)

Students from Rakhine State tend to be very culturally different than students from the rest of Burma Kara karantawa


Students from Rohingya state most likely have zero formal education Kara karantawa

Rasha (Tsohuwar Tarayyar Sobiyet)

Students from Russia tend to be indirect communications Kara karantawa

Shan (Burma)

Shan students highly respect their teachers Kara karantawa

Sierra Leone

Students from Sierra Leone will respond well to music Kara karantawa

Sudan ta Kudu

Students from South Sudan have likely experienced high levels of violence Kara karantawa


Syria students may have interrupted educations but highly educated parents Kara karantawa

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