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Age at immigration and crime in Stockholm using sibling comparisons
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Criminology.
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2015 (English)In: Social Science Research, ISSN 0049-089X, E-ISSN 1096-0317, Vol. 53, 239-251 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Past Swedish research has shown that immigrants arriving in the receiving country at an older age are less likely to commit crime than immigrants arriving at a younger age. Segmented assimilation theory argues that the family and neighborhood may be important factors affecting how age at immigration and crime are related to one another. This study used population-based register data on foreign-background males from Stockholm to test the effect of age at immigration on crime. Potential confounding from. the family and neighborhood was addressed using variables and modeling strategies. Initial results, using variables to control for confounding, showed that people who immigrated around age 4 were the most likely to be suspected of a crime. When controlling for unmeasured family characteristics, it seemed that a later age at immigration was tied to a lower likelihood of crime, which does not corroborate past research findings. The effect of age at immigration, however, was not statistically significant. The results imply that future research on entire families may be a worthwhile endeavor.

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2015. Vol. 53, 239-251 p.
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Crime, Immigrants, Segmented assimilation, Age at immigration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-120176DOI: 10.1016/j.ssresearch.2015.06.006ISI: 000358751800018OAI: diva2:851720
Available from: 2015-09-07 Created: 2015-09-02 Last updated: 2015-09-07Bibliographically approved

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