Thesis

Going beyond perception: a spatial analysis of the relationship between violent crime and Asian immigration in Los Angeles

The relationship between immigration and crime has long been a topic of
 interest among scholars. Much of the research has focused on black and Latino
 populations in an attempt to explain racial segregation and crime in American cities.
 The present study contributes to this literature by examining Asian immigrant
 populations. Using spatial statistics tests, the researcher identified patterns and analyzed the relationship between Asian immigrant populations and violent crime in Los
 Angeles. Overall, the findings suggest that higher Asian immigrant populations result in
 lower violent crime counts on a neighborhood level. Moreover, the study reinforces
 prior literature that has suggested immigration can serve as a protective factor against
 engagement in criminal activity. Immigration may be a source of economic
 development and social control that benefits both immigrants and native-born residents.

Thesis (M.S., Criminal Justice)--California State University, Sacramneto, 2018.

The relationship between immigration and crime has long been a topic of interest among scholars. Much of the research has focused on black and Latino populations in an attempt to explain racial segregation and crime in American cities. The present study contributes to this literature by examining Asian immigrant populations. Using spatial statistics tests, the researcher identified patterns and analyzed the relationship between Asian immigrant populations and violent crime in Los Angeles. Overall, the findings suggest that higher Asian immigrant populations result in lower violent crime counts on a neighborhood level. Moreover, the study reinforces prior literature that has suggested immigration can serve as a protective factor against engagement in criminal activity. Immigration may be a source of economic development and social control that benefits both immigrants and native-born residents.

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