Foreigners do commit more crime than natives: A dispatch from Europe

The politically correct mainstream narrative is clear – foreigners do not commit more crime than the native population in Europe.

But this storyline is wrong, as shown by the most recent release of crime statistics from the statistical office of the European Union (Eurostat).

Eurostat provides data on the number of prisoners within European nation-states by citizenship.  A close look at the numbers reveals that a massive proportion of those incarcerated across Europe are foreign nationals.

In countries such as Switzerland, Luxembourg, and Liechtenstein, 70% or more of all prisoners are those with foreign citizenship.  Similarly high levels are found in many other nations across the continent, including Greece (60%), Austria (49%), Italy (35%), Sweden and Spain (32%), Norway (30%), Denmark (27%), France (21%), and the Netherlands (19%), among others.

In general, the nations of Europe are spending an extraordinary amount of resources incarcerating foreigners within their individual territories.

But there are widely varying populations of foreigners across these nations.  For example, during 2013, the share of non-nationals in the resident population was 44.5% in Luxembourg, 23.2% in Switzerland, 6.9% in Sweden, and just 0.2% in Poland.

Thus, when we divide the proportion of prisoners having foreign citizenship by the share of non-nationals in the resident population, we get closer to the real statistic we are looking for – namely, whether or not the incarceration rate for foreigners across European nations is greater than their respective shares of the national populations.

And the answer is an unequivocal “yes”: foreigners constitute an overwhelmingly more abundant percentage of the prisoner population in Europe than their share of the corresponding general population.

In other words, foreigners are far more likely to commit crimes (i.e., severalfold, on average) than natives in each country, with the sole exception of Latvia.

Herein lies a root cause for the valid concerns surrounding the massive levels of immigration seen within Europe over the past two decades.

Europe is in the throes of a long-term immigration-induced crime wave.  Pretending it doesn't exist will not make the problem disappear.  The only clear way forward appears to be (1) a halt to new immigration until prospective new residents can undergo a more rigorous screening process and (2) a mass deportation of the high-risk illegal immigrant population that has entered the region during 2015. 

The politically correct mainstream narrative is clear – foreigners do not commit more crime than the native population in Europe.

But this storyline is wrong, as shown by the most recent release of crime statistics from the statistical office of the European Union (Eurostat).

Eurostat provides data on the number of prisoners within European nation-states by citizenship.  A close look at the numbers reveals that a massive proportion of those incarcerated across Europe are foreign nationals.

In countries such as Switzerland, Luxembourg, and Liechtenstein, 70% or more of all prisoners are those with foreign citizenship.  Similarly high levels are found in many other nations across the continent, including Greece (60%), Austria (49%), Italy (35%), Sweden and Spain (32%), Norway (30%), Denmark (27%), France (21%), and the Netherlands (19%), among others.

In general, the nations of Europe are spending an extraordinary amount of resources incarcerating foreigners within their individual territories.

But there are widely varying populations of foreigners across these nations.  For example, during 2013, the share of non-nationals in the resident population was 44.5% in Luxembourg, 23.2% in Switzerland, 6.9% in Sweden, and just 0.2% in Poland.

Thus, when we divide the proportion of prisoners having foreign citizenship by the share of non-nationals in the resident population, we get closer to the real statistic we are looking for – namely, whether or not the incarceration rate for foreigners across European nations is greater than their respective shares of the national populations.

And the answer is an unequivocal “yes”: foreigners constitute an overwhelmingly more abundant percentage of the prisoner population in Europe than their share of the corresponding general population.

In other words, foreigners are far more likely to commit crimes (i.e., severalfold, on average) than natives in each country, with the sole exception of Latvia.

Herein lies a root cause for the valid concerns surrounding the massive levels of immigration seen within Europe over the past two decades.

Europe is in the throes of a long-term immigration-induced crime wave.  Pretending it doesn't exist will not make the problem disappear.  The only clear way forward appears to be (1) a halt to new immigration until prospective new residents can undergo a more rigorous screening process and (2) a mass deportation of the high-risk illegal immigrant population that has entered the region during 2015.