How does immigration affect crime?

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BRITONS are anxiously awaiting the new year and the arrival, many fear, of tens of thousands of Bulgarians and Romanians who will be allowed free access to Britain and other European Union countries from January 1st. Much of that fear is based on the idea that among those coming will be scores of criminals. Nigel Farage, leader of the UK ukba bbcIndependence Party, a British political party campaigning for the country’s withdrawal from the EU, says Britain is facing a “Romanian crime wave”. Does immigration push up crime rates?

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