Cuban students studying in the US
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Cuban 'misfits' in revolutionary US exchange

Cuban dissidents, bloggers and a censored rapper are among a group of students given visas to study in the US for the first time since the revolution 55 years ago.

The US city of Miami is home to the largest population of ex-patriate Cubans in the world. But a group of new arrivals, made up of people including lawyers, dissidents, and bloggers, is different.

They're the first Cuban exchange students to come to the US on J-1 visas since the revolution more than 50 years ago.

Hosted by Miami Dade College, and funded largely by donations from Cuban-Americans through a non-profit called the Foundation for Human Rights in Cuba, the exchange marks a rare moment of detente between the two countries.

The BBC joined a class to hear how two students, who have faced censorship and restrictions back in Cuba, are finding life in Florida.

Produced for the BBC by Leigh Paterson.

Altered States is a series of video features published every Wednesday on the BBC News website which examine how shifting demographics and economic conditions affect America on a local level.