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Correlates of War? Towards an understanding of nativity-based variation in immigrant offending
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Criminology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4513-1501
2013 (English)In: European Journal of Criminology, ISSN 1477-3708, E-ISSN 1741-2609, Vol. 10, no 4, 408-423 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study uses Swedish register data to assess the impact of war in the home country on the individual likelihood of registered violent crime among young male immigrants in Stockholm, Sweden. War in the home country during a migrant’s residence is significantly related to a higher likelihood of registration for a violent crime. However, these results were not sustained in a sensitivity analysis, which considered serious property crime. Analysis of the history of war in the home country produces effects opposite to those predicted, with more years of war reducing the likelihood of violent crime. These findings indicate that war is capturing other factors, within the home or the receiving country, that may be related to violent crime.

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2013. Vol. 10, no 4, 408-423 p.
Keyword [en]
correlates of war, immigrant crime, nativity effect
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Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-97933DOI: 10.1177/1477370812470902OAI: diva2:681422
Foreign background and criminal offending among young males in Stockholm
Available from: 2013-12-19 Created: 2013-12-19 Last updated: 2015-03-11Bibliographically approved
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1. Foreign background and criminal offending among young males in Stockholm
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2015 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This doctoral thesis considers how factors from the home country, the family, and the individual impact the risk for criminal offending among young males from a foreign background residing in Stockholm. I use Swedish register data to examine the risk for police registered suspicion of criminal offending. The introductory chapter presents an historical overview of immigration in Sweden, theories of criminal offending, and details about analysis of register data. It is followed by three empirical studies that consider unique risk factors for crime among children of immigrants while controlling for factors encountered within Sweden. The first study shows that young male children of immigrants do not seem to be inherently violent as a result of coming from a war-torn country. The second study indicates that it is not the age at immigration, but the family situation that seems to dictate criminal propensity. The final study suggests that threats of deportation and stricter immigration policies do not seem to deter criminality. The most interesting result was probably that high home country human development was a protective factor against crime. This is the first known work to uncover such a result. Future theoretical development may be best aimed at unpacking and empirically evaluating the human development index as a risk factor. Together, these three studies suggest that some previously unconsidered uniquely immigrant factors are related to risk for criminality. 

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Stockholm: Department of Criminology, Stockholm Univeristy, 2015. 52 p.
Avhandlingsserie / Kriminologiska institutionen, Stockholms universitet, ISSN 1404-1820 ; 37
immigrants and crime, foreign background, criminology
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Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
Research subject
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-113490 (URN)978-91-7649-114-0 (ISBN)
Public defence
2015-04-22, hörsal 4, hus B, Universitetsvägen 10 B, Stockholm, 13:00 (English)

At the time of the doctoral defense, the following paper was unpublished and had a status as follows: Paper 2: Manuscript.

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