Most people wrongly associate an increase in immigration with an increase in crime, regardless of the obvious fact that immigration is an economic phenomena. People leave their families and countries behind because of an economic opporunity abroad. If there weren’t any job opporunities in the recipient country, then there wouldn’t be immigrants. Thus, immigrants simply fill a specific demand in the recipient country for work.
So why do nationals always blame immigrants? Because people like to blame others for their own shortcomings. But the fact of the matter is that the great majority of crime is and has alway been committed by the home grown.
In an article that I was just reading in The Economist today about how crime continues to fall in America’s biggest cities, The Economist highlights the fact that one of the reasons is that immigrants are entering the cities while the lower income class Americans are moving out. According to The Economist
Another change is that poor Americans have been displaced by poor immigrants—who, as studies have repeatedly shown, are much better behaved than natives of similar means. This trend is symbolised by the disappearance of blacks. Roughly half of America’s murder victims and about the same proportion of suspected murderers are black. In five years America’s three biggest cities lost almost a tenth of their black residents, while elsewhere in America their numbers held steady.
The Economist appears to attribute a large percentage of crimes to blacks. This is also an interesting perception of wealthy people in America. Crime is committed by blacks and immigrants. It’s true that the majority of people behind bars in the US are blacks, in proportions way above their representative percentage in society. This is a fact. But, what is not mentioned is that blacks are also arrested, prosecuted, tried, and sentenced to jail terms in much greater numbers than white Americans.
Discrimination in sentencing and even in mandatory sentences for “black crimes” and not “white crimes” also reinforce these stereotypes. For example, why is the possession of crack punished more stringently than cocaine when crack is so much cheaper?
And why do Americans only discuss gun control when white people get killed in suburban areas while no one seems to see guns as a problem when blacks are 50% of the murder victims?