Understanding Pathways to Crime: Can Anomie Theory Explain Higher Crime Rates Among Refugees? - Current Findings from a Swiss Survey

Item Type Journal paper
Abstract

This study explores the extent to which the comparatively high crime rates among refugees in Switzerland can be explained once anomie theory is employed to take individual and social factors into account. The discrepancy between expectations and internalized goals on the one hand, and accessible legal opportunities on the other, may lead to heightened personal strain and anomic reactions such as innovation and deviance. This research tested this notion via statistical data and a survey of refugees in Switzerland. The results offer moderate support to anomie-centered explanations of crime among refugees.

Authors Simmler, Monika; Plassard, Isabelle; Schär, Noëmie & Schuster, Maximilian
Journal or Publication Title European journal on criminal policy and research
Language English
Subjects social sciences
law
Institute/School FR - Research Institute for Legal Sciences
Refereed Yes
Date 15 November 2017
Publisher Springer Science + Business Media B.V
Place of Publication Dordrecht [u.a.]
Volume 23
Number 4
Page Range 539-558
Number of Pages 20
ISSN 0928-1371
ISSN-Digital 1572-9869
Publisher DOI 10.1007/s10610-017-9351-4
Official URL http://rdcu.be/uNSA
Additional Information Full text: http://rdcu.be/uNSA
Depositing User Monika Simmler
Date Deposited 01 Sep 2017 16:31
Last Modified 22 Nov 2017 07:56
URI: https://www.alexandria.unisg.ch/publications/251540

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Simmler, Monika; Plassard, Isabelle; Schär, Noëmie & Schuster, Maximilian (2017) Understanding Pathways to Crime: Can Anomie Theory Explain Higher Crime Rates Among Refugees? - Current Findings from a Swiss Survey. European journal on criminal policy and research, 23 (4). 539-558. ISSN 0928-1371

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