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.



Students from Afghanistan are very focused on their families ອ່ານ​ຕື່ມ

Bhutan (Nepali Origin)

Refugee students from Bhutan may have gone to school in Nepal ອ່ານ​ຕື່ມ


Students from Burma tend to highly respect teachers but most have interrupted educations ອ່ານ​ຕື່ມ


Students from Burundi tend to be more circular learners ອ່ານ​ຕື່ມ


Students from Cambodia are likely second generation students ອ່ານ​ຕື່ມ


Chinese students are likely to be respectful and formal with their teachers. ອ່ານ​ຕື່ມ


Colombia has a strong education system. ຢ່າງໃດກໍຕາມ, students from Colombia may have fled violence and not have attended school. ອ່ານ​ຕື່ມ


Cuban families strongly believe in the value of educaiton ອ່ານ​ຕື່ມ

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Many students from the DRC spent long years in refugee camps ອ່ານ​ຕື່ມ

El Salvador

Students from El Salvador tend to live in multi-generation families ອ່ານ​ຕື່ມ


Many Eritreans were resettled to the United States in the early 2000s ອ່ານ​ຕື່ມ


Ethiopian students likely had limited resources in their schools ອ່ານ​ຕື່ມ


Many Guatemalan families in the United States are from the Mayan culture and may not speak Spanish. ອ່ານ​ຕື່ມ


Many students from Haiti came to the United States after the earthquake ອ່ານ​ຕື່ມ


Students from Honduras have varying degrees of education and may have experienced violence ອ່ານ​ຕື່ມ


Students from Iran likely attended schools but may not have been encouraged to think critically ອ່ານ​ຕື່ມ


Iraqi students are likely literate and may have highly educated parents ອ່ານ​ຕື່ມ

Karen (ມຽນມາ)

Karen students highly respect teachers. Many did not have access to formal education ອ່ານ​ຕື່ມ


Karenni students highly respect teachers. Many did not have access to formal education ອ່ານ​ຕື່ມ


Most students from Laos are second generation immigrants ອ່ານ​ຕື່ມ


Liberians have a lot of familiarity and experience with American culture ອ່ານ​ຕື່ມ

Mon (ມຽນມາ)

Mon students highly respect teachers. Many did not have access to formal education ອ່ານ​ຕື່ມ


Refugee students from Nepal likely had limited educational opportunities ອ່ານ​ຕື່ມ


Most Nicaraguan students have families who want to be involved in their education. ອ່ານ​ຕື່ມ


Girls are less likely to have attended school. Parents will need to be invited to attend school events ອ່ານ​ຕື່ມ


Puerto Rico is a part of the United States but students have very different opportunities ອ່ານ​ຕື່ມ

Rakhine State (ມຽນມາ)

Students from Rakhine State tend to be very culturally different than students from the rest of Burma ອ່ານ​ຕື່ມ


Students from Rohingya state most likely have zero formal education ອ່ານ​ຕື່ມ

Russia (Former Soviet Union)

Students from Russia tend to be indirect communications ອ່ານ​ຕື່ມ

Shan (ມຽນມາ)

Shan students highly respect their teachers ອ່ານ​ຕື່ມ

Sierra Leone

Students from Sierra Leone will respond well to music ອ່ານ​ຕື່ມ

South Sudan

Students from South Sudan have likely experienced high levels of violence ອ່ານ​ຕື່ມ


Syria students may have interrupted educations but highly educated parents ອ່ານ​ຕື່ມ

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