BBC Pop Up: Tropical refugees in US's frozen Mid-West

The BBC Pop Up team is spending December in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. But the almost 1,000-mile drive from Pittsburgh, their previous location, is nothing compared to the journey some have made to start new lives in this US state.

More than 2,000 refugees from Myanmar have swapped the hot and humid tropics for the frozen Great Plains. They are from the Karen region and are an ethnic and religious minority that has been persecuted in the country formerly known as Burma.

The migration has transformed the small community of Huron, with some locals saying they are "befuddled" by the new arrivals in Middle America. But the town's turkey factory has welcomed the new workforce with open arms.

Produced by the BBC's Anna Bressanin

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