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Migrants don’t come to live on benefits but are more entrepreneurial in nature says a research

Date: (29 April 2013)    |    

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A widely held belief that neighbourhoods that have experienced mass immigration from Eastern Europe were more crime prone has been challenged by a research which says rather in the past 10 years acts like burglary; vandalism and car theft had fallen significantly.
Following the arrival of migrants from Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary and seven other countries after they joined the EU in 2004 rates of burglary, vandalism and car theft had dropped but at the same time it was the opposite case in areas where there had been an influx of asylum seekers from the late 1990s onwards where property crime was significantly higher. In addition UK immigration has no impact on levels of violent crime on British streets according to the analysis.
Experts from the London School of Economics had attempted to draw line on whether the common belief that UK immigration cause crime had enough evidence to support the claim.
Property crime which includes theft and shoplifting has seen significant fall where numbers of eastern Europeans had settled.
Harvard University’s Review of Economics and Statistics, also found that the relationship between the arrival of thousands of foreigners and levels of violence was close to nil and insignificant.
Brian Bell, a research fellow at the London School of Economics, said the view that foreigners commit more crime was not true. The truth was that immigrants were just like natives: if they have a good job and a good income they don't commit crime.
The findings come days after a report revealed that the UK is becoming more peaceful with rates of violent crime and murder falling more rapidly in the past decade than in any other western European country. The UK Peace Index, produced by the Institute for Economics and Peace, found that violent crime rate fell by a quarter between 2003 and 2012, a period of relatively high UK immigration.
The Conservatives who have pledged to reduce the net migration from 200,000 during the last government to less than 1.00.000 have sounded warnings over the impending arrivals of Bulgarian and Romanian immigrants.
However, the LSE report found that neighbourhoods that have a high level of immigrants have a lower number of offences in some crime categories than comparative areas with fewer foreigners.
David Wilson professor of criminology and criminal justice at Birmingham City University said Britain was not attracting the scrounger stereotype immigrants. Historically, people moving from one nation state to another are the kinds of people who are more entrepreneurial. Far from coming to live off benefits, the people who tend to want to move are the ones who want to get a job and get ahead," he added.
Further research was required to understand the beneficial enclave effect of crime and in turn help enhance political debate on immigration, the report concluded.