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> THE CRIMINALITY OF FOREIGNERS IN PORTUGAL. A SCIENTIFIC SURVEY

Starting from the notion – widespread in Portuguese society – that equates foreigners and criminality, Hugo de Seabra and Tiago Santos sought in this study to clarify whether, having taken account of the interference of other variables, a link between nationality and crime remained.

Seeking to answer this question, their concern was to do so on the basis of quantitative data which would allow them to frame both the foreigner and the criminal in the social structure. They found such data at the National Statistics Institute (INE), in the 2001 census, and at the Legislative Policy and Planning Office of the Ministry of Justice.

They concluded that the higher level of criminality among foreigners, in comparison with Portuguese, is explained away by the effect differences in the two populations in terms of such classical sociological variables as occupation, masculinity and youth.

The complete study is available at the Immigration Observatory web-site.

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