Among the prevalent ideas propogated by those opposing immigration is the presence of these “foreigners” invariably leads to higher crime. In a wide-ranging police study just released in Great Britain the myth is placed to rest in the halls of mythology. The report which will be presented to Home Secretary Jacqui Smith concludes rates for immigrant crime are in line with those of the native born population. “Any rise has been broadly proportinate to the number of people from those communities coming into this country. People are saying crime is rising because of this influx. Given 1 mllion people have come in, that doesn’t make sense as crime is significantly down.” Last year crime dropped about 9% in England and Wales.
The common-sense conclusions of the report indicate there are always some cultural differences when new groups enter a nation. For example, the report indicates Polish people have a slightly higher incidence of drunk driving due to heavy consumption of alcohol and and some Romanian children being used as part of robbery attempts. But, as the report notes: “Given the number coming into the country, the problems have been very few in terms of criminality, increases in crime or community tensions.”
Hopefully, the report puts to rest the ongoing cries about the “rise in crime” which have actually never happened.