refugee student cultural background profiles

Learn about your students and their cultural backgrounds

Na roto i te te ahurea e, 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 Pānuitia atu

Bhutan (Nepali Origin)

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


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


Students from Burundi tend to be more circular learners Pānuitia atu


Students from Cambodia are likely second generation students Pānuitia atu


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


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


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


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


Ethiopian students likely had limited resources in their schools Pānuitia atu


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


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


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


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


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


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


Most students from Laos are second generation immigrants Pānuitia atu


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


Refugee students from Nepal likely had limited educational opportunities Pānuitia atu


Most Nicaraguan students have families who want to be involved in their education. Pānuitia atu


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


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


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

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