Are immigrants more likely to commit crimes?

Using French data, we find that the share of immigrants in the population has no significant impact on crime rates once immigrants’ economic circumstances are controlled for, while finding that unemployed immigrants tend to commit more crimes than unemployed nonimmigrants.

Source: “Are immigrants more likely to commit crimes? Evidence from France” from Applied Economics Letters, Volume 16, Issue 15 October 2009 , pages 1537 – 1541

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