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Immigrants and their native-born children tend to be overrepresented among crime suspects in Europe. Using a representative Dutch survey, we examine whether inhabitants of Turkish and Moroccan origin also self-report more crimes than the native Dutch. Additionally, we test various explanations for ethnic differences in crime, partly employing variables that are unavailable in administrative data (SES, perceived discrimination, neighbourhood social control, family bonds, religiousness). We discover two ‘ethnic paradoxes’. First: contrary to analyses using administrative data, both minorities have similar to lower self-reported crime rates compared to the majority group when age, sex, urbanisation, SES and social desirability are controlled. Second: first-generation immigrants in particular report fewer crimes than expected given their social disadvantage, thus indicating a notable ‘righteous migrant effect’.
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Keywords: assimilation; ethnic minorities; immigration; law enforcement; self-reported crime

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: August 1, 2018

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