New Directions in Research on Immigration, Crime, Law, and Justice


  • Robert M. Adelman Department of Sociology, New York University at Buffalo
  • Charis E. Kubrin Department of Criminology, Law and Society, University of California, Irvine
  • Graham C. Ousey Department of Sociology, College of William and Mary
  • Lesley W. Reid Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, The University of Alabama



immigration, crime, law, justice, USA


From the early twentieth century onward, research has found little to no support for a positive association between immigration and crime (Hayford 1911). In fact, much available research finds the opposite; more immigration leads to less crime.  While the scholarly community has largely debunked as myth the idea that more immigrants lead to more crime, there remain many questions about the nature of the relationship between immigration and crime. Three articles in this special issue take up these more nuanced questions. The research presented in this special issue contributes new findings and perspectives on immigration, crime, law, and justice. The analyses range from studies of the relationship between undocumented immigration and crime among youthful offenders to studies of newspaper coverage of immigration and crime in Europe. Moreover, the questions addressed are informed by a productive mixture of quantitative and qualitative empirical evidence from the present and the past.  As we look to the future, we encourage scholars to build from the work presented herein and to seek diverse data to build a better understanding of the complex ways that immigration, crime, law, and justice are interconnected. 



How to Cite

Adelman, R. M., Kubrin, C. E., Ousey, G. C., & Reid, L. W. (2018). New Directions in Research on Immigration, Crime, Law, and Justice. Migration Letters, 15(2), 139-146.

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