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Research into Immigration and Crime


The relationship between immigration and crime has been the subject of much debate and great concern for public officials. Although there are arguments that stringent immigration enforcement policies are needed to combat increased risk of crime by undocumented immigrants, recent research suggests that those who immigrate (legally or illegally) are not more likely, and may even be less likely to commit crime in the US. NIJ funds projects designed to advance understanding of this complex association.

On this page, find links to articles, awards, events, publications, and multimedia related to immigration and crime.

Date Created: June 28, 2021