Objectives Examining the immigration-crime nexus across neighborhoods in the South- ern California metropolitan region, this study builds on existing literature by unpacking immigration and accounting for the rich diversity that exists between immigrant groups. Methods Using data from a variety of sources, we capture this diversity with three dif- ferent approaches, operationalizing immigrant groups by similar racial/ethnic categories, areas or regions of the world that immigrants emigrate from, and where immigrants co- locate once they settle in the U.S. We also account for the heterogeneity of immigrant populations by constructing measures of immigrant heterogeneity based on each of these classiﬁcations. We compare these novel approaches with the standard approach, which combines immigrants together through a single measure of percent foreign born. Results The results reveal that considerable insights are gained by distinguishing between diverse groups of immigrants. In particular, we ﬁnd that all three strategies explained neighborhood crime levels better than the traditional approach. Conclusion The ﬁndings underscore the necessity of disaggregating immigrant groups when exploring the immigration-crime relationship. Keywords Immigrants Immigration Neighborhoods Crime & Charis E. Kubrin firstname.lastname@example.org Department of Criminology, Law and Society, University of California, Irvine, Social Ecology II, Irvine, CA 92697, USA
Journal of Quantitative Criminology – Springer Journals
Published: Sep 21, 2016
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