Working Across Cultures

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Working Across Cultures

Groups of people form common beliefs, values, understandings and patterns of behavior that are passed down through hundreds of generations. The ability to work across cultures is a learned skill that those who work with refugees must develop.

Tips For Working Across Cultures

  • Learn About Their Culture

    Do your research. Educate yourself about common practices and etiquette.

  • But Don’t Pry

    Refugees have traumatic pasts. Let them open up to you if, when and how they want. Don’t force them to reveal unnecessary information that makes them uncomfortable.

  • Teach Them About Your Culture

    Find “teachable moments” to help refugees understand why people in your culture do what they do. Provide as much context as you can.

  • But Don’t Force It

    Assimilation is not the goal; refugees should still embrace their traditions and customs. Unless the behavior in question is offensive, illegal or harmful, help refugees find constructive ways to integrate their culture into their new environment.

  • Find Common Ground

    Despite differences, people still have a lot in common — no matter which culture they represent. Identifying shared interests goes a long way in building relationships and helping refugees feel at ease.

  • And Don’t Make Assumptions

    Just because someone is from a certain locale or culture doesn’t mean they’re a textbook case. Ask questions, within reason, instead of assuming.

Tips For Working Across Cultures

Learn About Their Culture

Do your research. Educate yourself about common practices and etiquette.

But Don’t Pry

Refugees have traumatic pasts. Let them open up to you if, when and how they want. Don’t force them to reveal unnecessary information that makes them uncomfortable.

Teach Them About Your Culture

Find “teachable moments” to help refugees understand why people in your culture do what they do. Provide as much context as you can.

But Don’t Force It

Assimilation is not the goal; refugees should still embrace their traditions and customs. Unless the behavior in question is offensive, illegal or harmful, help refugees find constructive ways to integrate their culture into their new environment.

Find Common Ground

Despite differences, people still have a lot in common — no matter which culture they represent. Identifying shared interests goes a long way in building relationships and helping refugees feel at ease.

And Don’t Make Assumptions

Just because someone is from a certain locale or culture doesn’t mean they’re a textbook case. Ask questions, within reason, instead of assuming.