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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Afghanistani

Students from Afghanistan are very focused on their families Soma zaidi

Butani (Nepali Origin)

Refugee students from Bhutan may have gone to school in Nepal Soma zaidi

Burma

Students from Burma tend to highly respect teachers but most have interrupted educations Soma zaidi

Burundi

Students from Burundi tend to be more circular learners Soma zaidi

Kambodia

Students from Cambodia are likely second generation students Soma zaidi

Kolombia

Colombia has a strong education system. Hata hivyo, students from Colombia may not have attended school and likely fled violence Soma zaidi

Kuba

Cuban families strongly believe in the value of educaiton Soma zaidi

Jamhuri ya Kidemokrasia ya Kongo

Many students from the DRC spent long years in refugee camps Soma zaidi

El Salvado

Students from El Salvador tend to live in multi-generation families Soma zaidi

Eritrea

Many Eritreans were resettled to the United States in the early 2000s Soma zaidi

Ethiopia

Ethiopian students likely had limited resources in their schools Soma zaidi

Guatemala

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

Haiti

Many students from Haiti came to the United States after the earthquake Soma zaidi

Hondurasi

Students from Honduras have varying degrees of education and may have experienced violence Soma zaidi

Irani

Students from Iran likely attended schools but may not have been encouraged to think critically Soma zaidi

Iraki

Iraqi students are likely literate and may have highly educated parents Soma zaidi

Karen (Burma)

Karen students highly respect teachers. Many did not have access to formal education Soma zaidi

Karennni

Karenni students highly respect teachers. Many did not have access to formal education Soma zaidi

Laos

Most students from Laos are second generation immigrants Soma zaidi

Liberia

Liberians have a lot of familiarity and experience with American culture Soma zaidi

Mon (Burma)

Mon students highly respect teachers. Many did not have access to formal education Soma zaidi

Nepali

Refugee students from Nepal likely had limited educational opportunities Soma zaidi

Pakistan

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

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico is a part of the United States but students have very different opportunities Soma zaidi

Rakhine State (Burma)

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

Kuhatarisha

Students from Rohingya state most likely have zero formal education Soma zaidi

Urusi (Urusi ya zamani)

Students from Russia tend to be indirect communications Soma zaidi

Suko (Burma)

Shan students highly respect their teachers Soma zaidi

Sierra Leone

Students from Sierra Leone will respond well to music Soma zaidi

Sudan Kusini

Students from South Sudan have likely experienced high levels of violence Soma zaidi

Syria

Syria students may have interrupted educations but highly educated parents Soma zaidi

China: Understanding your students from China and their cultural backgrounds

Chinese students will likely be respectful and formal when dealing with educators. Soma zaidi

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