New research is smashing common stereotypes about immigrants increasing the crime rate, suggesting that people who migrate to the United States are actually less likely to commit crimes than native-born Americans.
Researchers studied 43,000 immigrants from Europe, Asia, Latin America, and Africa, analyzing self-reported behaviors such as bullying, stealing, traffic violations, and other types of non-violent and violent crimes. The study, recently published in the journal Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, found that although immigrants tend to be poorer, less educated, and more urbanized than people born in the United States, they are less likely to engage in violence and antisocial behavior. Some findings: Those born in America are four times as likely to participate in violence as are immigrants from Asia and Africa, and three times as likely as Latin American immigrants. The reported violent behavior of European immigrants was more closely aligned to that of people bornRead More »from Study Says Immigrants Less Likely to Commit Crimes Than Native-Born Americans