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


The study also examined the environment and social sphere of the criminal offenders. Having peers in a gang increased the probability that the individual had been arrested in the previous year by 23% of second-generation Americans and 25% for native-born non-Hispanic whites. Having delinquent peers increases the likelihood of criminal behavior by 6% for both groups. 

Bersani said that this “profile” is strong evidence that the similar crime rates can be attributed to the second-generation behaving like their native-born peers, and not only because of their colliding worlds. 

These findings, “suggest that children of immigrants seemingly fall prey to criminogenic influences in similar ways that native-born youths do,” Bersani wrote. 

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Cristina Arreola, Associate Editor

Originally from El Paso, Texas, Cristina Mari Arreola earned her degree at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University before moving to New YorkNew York. 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. . You can follow her on Twitter at @c_arreola

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