Office of Global Engagement

Immigration & Crime: Assumptions Refuted

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Written by:

Darren De Leon, Student

Class of 2020, Major: Political Science

July 5, 2017 – In late June, a UCI-led study found that immigration into the United States does not show a positive correlation with increasing crime rates. The meta-analysis, which comprehensively examined 51 studies on the topic published between 1994 and 2014, revealed an understanding that may come across as a surprise to many.

The professor conducting the study, UCI’s Charis Kubrin, Professor of Criminology, Law, and Society, worked in tandem with Graham Ousey of the College of William and Mary in examining the relationship between immigration and crime. The reviewed studies most frequently found that there was no relationship between immigration and crime. However, there was a correlation: it was 2.5 times more likely that immigration was linked to a reduction in crime than an increase.

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