Luis Rios, Colombian refugee
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Venezuela takes in Colombians fleeing armed conflict

14 January 2013 Last updated at 12:00 GMT

Every year more and more Colombians displaced by the armed conflict between the military and Farc and ELN guerrillas in their country seek asylum in neighbouring Venezuela.

Many of them find a better life, helped by the social policies of the Venezuelan government which make it easier for them to get housing and employment.

BBC Mundo's Arturo Wallace reports.