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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Afghanistan

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

Burma

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

Burundi

Students from Burundi tend to be more circular learners Kara karantawa

cambodia

Students from Cambodia are likely second generation students Kara karantawa

China

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

Colombia

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

Cuba

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

Eritrea

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

Habasha

Ethiopian students likely had limited resources in their schools Kara karantawa

Guatemala

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

Haiti

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

Honduras

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

Iran

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

Iraq

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

Karennni

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

Laos

Most students from Laos are second generation immigrants Kara karantawa

Liberia

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

Nepal

Refugee students from Nepal likely had limited educational opportunities Kara karantawa

Nicaragua

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

Pakistan

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

Rohingya

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

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

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