ERIC Number: ED398322
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
The Cubans. Their History and Culture. CAL Refugee Fact Sheet Series No. 12.
This fact sheet is designed to give those working with newly arrived Cubans in the United States a brief refresher on Cuban geography and history, especially the history of Cuba's relations with the United States. It reviews events that have brought Cubans to the United States, and discusses the values newcomers are likely to have brought with them and the repercussions these values might have for resettlement in this country. In discussions about Cubans coming to the United States, it is important to distinguish between immigrants who have come as a result of normal immigration visas and those who have left their native country without permission of their government. There are well over a million Cubans in the United States, with the majority in Florida. The most recent wave of Cuban arrivals peaked in the summer of 1994 after the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the economic changes it brought to Cuba. There is a perception that this wave of refugees, also termed parolees, is in general well-educated, professional, and highly motivated, and that these most recent arrivals are being absorbed into the community of Miami (Florida) with a minimum of problems. (Contains 39 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Acculturation, Cubans, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Differences, Economic Factors, Hispanic Americans, Immigrants, Limited English Speaking, Refugees, Relocation, United States History
Refugee Service Center, Center for Applied Linguistics, 1118 22nd Street NW, Washington, DC 20037; fax: (202) 659-5641 ($3 each; single copies complementary).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of State, Washington, DC. Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration.
Authoring Institution: Center for Applied Linguistics, Washington, DC. Refugee Service Center.
Identifiers - Location: Cuba