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Refugees and crime: Has the recent refugee immigration altered crimes in Sweden?

Rojas Mullor, Alexandra LU (2019) NEKP01 20191
Department of Economics
Abstract
Following the refugee crisis in 2015, Sweden experienced the largest inflow of refugees in the country’s history. What are the effects on crime of such extensive immigration? This paper aims at analyzing if it prevails a causal relationship between the last years’ refugee immigration and crime rates in Sweden. For this purpose, data from the state’s refugee placement program is evaluated, which yields variation in the number of refugees between the Swedish municipalities that is exogenous regarding the crime rates. The employed empirical strategy is a difference-in-differences model, and the resulting estimates indicate that: (i) it prevails a positive and significant relationship between the refugee immigration and the crime categories... (More)
Following the refugee crisis in 2015, Sweden experienced the largest inflow of refugees in the country’s history. What are the effects on crime of such extensive immigration? This paper aims at analyzing if it prevails a causal relationship between the last years’ refugee immigration and crime rates in Sweden. For this purpose, data from the state’s refugee placement program is evaluated, which yields variation in the number of refugees between the Swedish municipalities that is exogenous regarding the crime rates. The employed empirical strategy is a difference-in-differences model, and the resulting estimates indicate that: (i) it prevails a positive and significant relationship between the refugee immigration and the crime categories "crimes against persons" and "assaults"; and (ii) the effects of refugee immigration on "crimes against the public" and "thefts and robberies" are insignificant. (Less)
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Rojas Mullor, Alexandra LU
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NEKP01 20191
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H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
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immigration, crime, refugee crisis, Sweden
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English
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8996428
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  abstract     = {Following the refugee crisis in 2015, Sweden experienced the largest inflow of refugees in the country’s history. What are the effects on crime of such extensive immigration? This paper aims at analyzing if it prevails a causal relationship between the last years’ refugee immigration and crime rates in Sweden. For this purpose, data from the state’s refugee placement program is evaluated, which yields variation in the number of refugees between the Swedish municipalities that is exogenous regarding the crime rates. The employed empirical strategy is a difference-in-differences model, and the resulting estimates indicate that: (i) it prevails a positive and significant relationship between the refugee immigration and the crime categories "crimes against persons" and "assaults"; and (ii) the effects of refugee immigration on "crimes against the public" and "thefts and robberies" are insignificant.},
  author       = {Rojas Mullor, Alexandra},
  keyword      = {immigration,crime,refugee crisis,Sweden},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Refugees and crime: Has the recent refugee immigration altered crimes in Sweden?},
  year         = {2019},
}