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 Pānuitia atu

Bhutan (Nepali Origin)

Refugee students from Bhutan may have gone to school in Nepal Pānuitia atu

Burma

Students from Burma tend to highly respect teachers but most have interrupted educations Pānuitia atu

Burundi

Students from Burundi tend to be more circular learners Pānuitia atu

Cambodia

Students from Cambodia are likely second generation students Pānuitia atu

China

Chinese students are likely to be respectful and formal with their teachers. Pānuitia atu

Colombia

Colombia has a strong education system. Heoi, students from Colombia may have fled violence and not have attended school. Pānuitia atu

Cuba

Cuban families strongly believe in the value of educaiton Pānuitia atu

Democratic Republic o te Congo

Many students from the DRC spent long years in refugee camps Pānuitia atu

El Salvador

Students from El Salvador tend to live in multi-generation families Pānuitia atu

Eritrea

Many Eritreans were resettled to the United States in the early 2000s Pānuitia atu

Etiopia

Ethiopian students likely had limited resources in their schools Pānuitia atu

Guatemala

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

Haiti

Many students from Haiti came to the United States after the earthquake Pānuitia atu

Honduras

Students from Honduras have varying degrees of education and may have experienced violence Pānuitia atu

Iran

Students from Iran likely attended schools but may not have been encouraged to think critically Pānuitia atu

Iraq

Iraqi students are likely literate and may have highly educated parents Pānuitia atu

Karen (Burma)

Karen students highly respect teachers. Many did not have access to formal education Pānuitia atu

Karennni

Karenni students highly respect teachers. Many did not have access to formal education Pānuitia atu

Laos

Most students from Laos are second generation immigrants Pānuitia atu

Liberia

Liberians have a lot of familiarity and experience with American culture Pānuitia atu

mon (Burma)

Mon students highly respect teachers. Many did not have access to formal education Pānuitia atu

Nepal

Refugee students from Nepal likely had limited educational opportunities Pānuitia atu

Pakistan

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

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico is a part of the United States but students have very different opportunities Pānuitia atu

Rakhine State (Burma)

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

Rohingya

Students from Rohingya state most likely have zero formal education Pānuitia atu

Russia (Mua Soviet Union)

Students from Russia tend to be indirect communications Pānuitia atu

Shan (Burma)

Shan students highly respect their teachers Pānuitia atu

Sierra Leone

Students from Sierra Leone will respond well to music Pānuitia atu

South Sudan

Students from South Sudan have likely experienced high levels of violence Pānuitia atu

Hiria

Syria students may have interrupted educations but highly educated parents Pānuitia atu

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