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In Buenos Aires, Argentinians pour into the streets outside the presidential palace in 2001 to protest the country's economic collapse. — Daniel Garcia/AFP/Getty Images


Armed conflicts and political and economic instability in three South American countries impel large numbers of their citizens to flee to the United States.

In Argentina, hyperinflation and other economic problems lead in 1999 to the collapse of the country's banks and economy and the exodus of thousands of citizens. In Columbia, decades-old armed conflicts compel more than 750,000 citizens to seek refuge from violence and reprisals in other countries. In Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, who assumes the presidency in 1999, adopts radical measures that cause many citizens to leave.

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