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Crime and immigration: evidence from large immigrant waves

Bell, Brian, Fasani, Francesco and Machin, Stephen (2013) Crime and immigration: evidence from large immigrant waves. Review of Economics and Statistics, 95 (4). pp. 1278-1290. ISSN 0034-6535

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Identification Number: 10.1162/REST_a_00337


This paper focuses on empirical connections between crime and immigration, studying two large waves of recent U.K. immigration (the late 1990s/early 2000s asylum seekers and the post-2004 inflow from EU accession countries). The first wave led to a modest but significant rise in property crime, while the second wave had a small negative impact. There was no effect on violent crime; arrest rates were not different, and changes in crime cannot be ascribed to crimes against immigrants. The findings are consistent with the notion that differences in labor market opportunities of different migrant groups shape their potential impact on crime.

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Additional Information: © 2013 The President and Fellows of Harvard College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Divisions: Centre for Economic Performance
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
Date Deposited: 02 Sep 2014 08:45
Last Modified: 18 Jun 2024 18:54
Funders: Economic and Social Research Council at the Centre for Economic Performance, Government of Catalonia (grant 2009 SGR 896), European Social Fund and the Spanish Ministry of Science (JAE-Doc grant #ECO2011-25293).

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