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LISTEN: A Discussion on Immigration and Poultry in Moorefield, W.Va.

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Amy Fabbri, ESOL teacher in Moorefield, helps her student Ahmed. After fleeing his home country of Eritrea, Ahmed worked in hotel housekeeping in Missouri before moving to Moorefield to work at Pilgrim’s Pride chicken processing plant. Photo: Justin Hayhurst/100 Days in Appalachia
Listen to a shortened version of the interview as heard on West Virginia Morning on Aug. 21, 2019.

For more than a decade, more than 100 migrant and refugee families from countries like Myanmar (formerly Burma), Vietnam, Ethiopia, Guatemala and others have come to Moorefield, West Virginia.

They’ve done so to work at Pilgrim’s Pride – a large poultry plant that is Hardy County’s biggest employer with 1,700 workers.

For the past six months, 100 Days in Appalachia reporter Anna Patrick has been working on two stories exploring Moorefield’s growing migrant and refugee population.

Her stories take a deep dive into Moorefield’s poultry industry and discuss what a typical workday is like for employees at Pilgrim’s Pride.

Her stories also include a profile of one Moorefield woman who teaches English class offered to new community members.

West Virginia Public Broadcasting spoke with Anna about her stories. See below for an extended version of the interview.

Anna’s stories called “Always Hiring” can be found here.

This article was originally published by West Virginia Public Broadcasting, a partner of 100 Days in Appalachia.