According to a new study, the crime rate among young second-generation immigrants is significantly higher than the crime rate among first-generation immigrants.
The Daily Caller reports that as part of a recent Pew study, a survey concluded that 25 percent of second generation 16-year-olds were caught committing a crime within the last year, while only 17 percent of recent immigrants were guilty of criminal activity during the same time period.
Most sociologists have previously explained the crime increase by noting that many second-generation immigrants feel caught between two conflicting worlds — the old world of their parents and the new world of their birth, according to a Pew Research Center story.
However, some researchers now have a theory that second-generation immigrants are just “catching up” with the rest of us, claims Bianca E. Bersani, a sociologist at the University of Massachusetts-Boston.
Second-generation immigrants have become as susceptible to temptation and harmful influences as are other Americans, according to Bersani.
One possible explanation for these findings is that many children of immigrants live in environments that are highly susceptible to crime.
“It is 23 percent more likely that a young immigrant or a son of an immigrant is going to join a gang if there is a gang in the neighborhood,” Jessica Vaughn, of the Center for Immigration Studies, told The Daily Caller News Foundation.
The crime rate gap between the generations appears to shrink as they reach their mid-20s.