Crime Down Among First-Generation Immigrants, Rises With Second-Generation


A new study reveals that second-generation Americans and native-born citizens are much more likely to commit a crime than first-generation immigrants. 

According to the Pew Research Center, second-generation immigrants are “catching up” to the native-born population when it comes to committing crimes.

Bianca E. Bersani, a sociologist at the University of Massachusetts-Boston, collected crime data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics detailing the crime rates for first-generation immigrants, second-generation Americans, and native-born, white, non-Hispanics. She found "striking similarities" between the rates of second-generation immigrants and non-Hispanic, native-born, white Americans. 

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Cristina Arreola, Associate Editor

Cristina Mari Arreola is the Associate Editor. Originally from El Paso, Texas, she earned her degree at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University before moving to New York City. In her downtime, you can usually find her scouring the city for the most authentic Mexican food (still looking), scaring herself silly watching horror movies, or frantically reading a novel from her (extremely lengthy) reading list. See what she's reading now on Goodreads, and follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

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