Crime in neighbourhoods that have experienced mass immigration from eastern Europe over the past 10 years has fallen significantly, according to research that challenges commonly held view over the impact of foreigners in the UK.
Places that had attracted large numbers of eastern European immigrants enjoyed a “significant fall in property crime”, a category of offence that also includes theft and shoplifting. The report, to be published later this year in 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 zero and insignificant”.
Brian Bell, a research fellow at the London School of Economics, said: “The view that foreigners commit more crime is not true. The truth is that immigrants are just like natives: if they have a good job and a good income they don’t commit crime.”
The findings come just days after was reported that 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.
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