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

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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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