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Title: Are Immigrants More Likely to Be Involved in Criminal Activity in Saudi Arabia?
Contributor(s): Algahtany, Mofza (author); Kumar, Lalit  (author)orcid ; Khormi, Hassan  (author)
Publication Date: 2016
Open Access: Yes
DOI: 10.4236/jss.2016.43023Open Access Link
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Abstract: This paper aims to explain the effects of immigration on the overall crime rate and in the six most significant categories of crime in Saudi Arabia, being drugs activity, theft, murder, assault, alcohol and outrageous issues, during a ten-year period from 2003 to 2012, in all thirteen administrative provinces, as well as establish the provinces most affected by criminal activities of immigrants during this period. In our finding, no positive association between immigrants and criminal cases was noted. It is clearly visible that the highest rate of overall criminal activities is in the south, north and Makkah areas, where there is high probability of illegal immigrants, supporting the basic criminological theory that areas with high levels of immigrants also experience high rates of crime. The study provides suggestions to the Saudi government, policy and decision makers, and immigration authorities, which could assist in reducing crimes perpetrated by immigrants.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Open Journal of Social Sciences, 4(3), p. 170-186
Publisher: Scientific Research Publishing Inc
Place of Publication: United States of America
ISSN: 2327-5960
Field of Research (FOR): 090903 Geospatial Information Systems
160299 Criminology not elsewhere classified
160201 Causes and Prevention of Crime
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO): 940402 Crime Prevention
940201 Civics and Citizenship
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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