Reference : Panic? Probing Angst over Immigration and Crime
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Panic? Probing Angst over Immigration and Crime
Mahe, Clotilde mailto [University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Law, Economics and Finance (FDEF) > Department of Economics and Management (DEM) >]
Parra-Cely, Sergio mailto [Universidad San Francisco de Quito > School of Economics]
[en] Immigration ; Crime ; Ecuador
[en] We examine empirically whether immigration affects crime in an emerging country, Ecuador. We exploit the fact that immigration flows of Venezuelans suddenly evolved from voluntary to forced, and occurred disproportionately along land borders. We use nationally representative administrative and survey data to precisely estimate an economically null effect of Venezuelan immigration on property and violent crime. We also show that natives are more likely to believe that immigration worsens the economy, despite clear evidence of negative labour market impact due to recent Venezuelan inflows. Results confirm that fears over immigration and crime are not necessarily supported by facts.

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