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Ethnicity and crime: an Australian research study

Satyanshu Mukherjee
Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology, November 1999

A report prepared for the Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs

Abstract

The main objective of this report was to examine the literature on the relationship between ethnicity and crime and to describe currently available statistical information in Australia on the subject.

It was discovered that ethnicity and crime was not only a contemporary issue in Australia but also in Western Europe and North America. Politicisation of the issue, wide media coverage of 'crimes' by migrants, violence against migrant groups, and hate crimes has caused heightened concerns in many parts of the world. This report attempts to summarise the relevant material and examines Australian statistics on the issue.