The Marshall Project, a journalism nonprofit, has created a series of charts illustrating the negative correlation between immigration and crime in the United States. The Marshall Project used data from a study conducted by researchers at the State University of New York at Buffalo comparing immigration and crime rates for 200 metropolitan areas, as well as their own data, to plot the relationship between immigration and crime from 1980 to 2016. The charts demonstrate that despite the common opinion that immigrants contribute to higher crime rates, 70 percent of metro areas experienced an increase in immigrant population while their crime rates remained stable or decreased.
Visualizing the Imaginary Link Between Crime and Immigration
Joshua New is a senior policy analyst at the Center for Data Innovation. He has a background in government affairs, policy, and communication. Prior to joining the Center for Data Innovation, Joshua graduated from American University with degrees in C.L.E.G. (Communication, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government) and Public Communication. His research focuses on methods of promoting innovative and emerging technologies as a means of improving the economy and quality of life. Follow Joshua on Twitter @Josh_A_New.
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