The Latin American Immigration

             The twentieth century, specifically the period of after WWII was a period of great change for Latin America. One of these changes has been immigration from Latin American countries such as Mexico, Haiti, Cuba, the Dominican Republic and etc. Many people incorrectly believe most Latin Americans who leave their countries immigrate to the US, but this number is small compared to the number of people who have migrated within thier countries. Since about 1950, Latin America has seen a wave of internal migration. This movement has had a deep impact, and countries to reshape the status of many Latin American countries.

             The movement of rural populations to the cities has characterized internal migration in Latin America, after World War II. The postwar boom in commercial agriculture was one of the main reasons for this movement. Landowners expelled sharecroppers in order to make more of a profit. Technology also reduced the need for workers to take care of properties. Increased schooling also gave many rural youths the impression that they could make it in the city. The best example of this phenomenon was and is Mexico. Mexico's rural population once had hopes of stability during the presidency of Lazaro Cardenas, because Cardenas awarded peasants free plots of land. But postwar presidents would prove to have different ideas and did not share the same concerns for the rural poor. Presidents following Cardenas supported modern technology and commercial agriculture and had little sympathy for subsistence farming. It became more and more difficult for the peasants to support themsl!.

             ves on thier tiny plots(Winn 213). Mexico's Government was moving away from traditional rural farming, and moving towards a morein dustrail economy and commercial agriculture. The peasants were simply trying to look for a means to support themselves and thier families, and it had become clear that this no longer could be possible in the rural areas.

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