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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Students from Afghanistan are very focused on their families Soma zaidi


Algerian students will have parents who want to support their education. Soma zaidi

Butani (Nepali Origin)

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


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


Students from Burundi tend to be more circular learners Soma zaidi


Students from Cambodia are likely second generation students Soma zaidi


Chinese students are likely to be respectful and formal with their teachers. Soma zaidi


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


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


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


Ethiopian students likely had limited resources in their schools Soma zaidi


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


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


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


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


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


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


Most students from Laos are second generation immigrants Soma zaidi


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


Refugee students from Nepal likely had limited educational opportunities Soma zaidi


Most Nicaraguan students have families who want to be involved in their education. Soma zaidi


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


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 students may have interrupted educations but highly educated parents Soma zaidi

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