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Does granting legal status to illegal immigrants reduce their likelihood of committing crime?


Yes, granting legal status to illegal immigrants may reduce their likelihood of committing crime, but studies differ on the impact of legalization. We believe this is the best available short answer based on our reading of the 4 studies we found that examine this question. However, we believe this question is underresearched. Additional study may change our conclusion.

The 4 studies were published from 2015 to 2016. The countries or regions examined by these studies are Italy and the United States of America. Keep in mind that we strive to only include studies that directly address this question. Evidence from studies focusing on other questions may indirectly support or undermine our conclusion.

Last updated: Dec. 11, 2017
Author of narrative summary: State of K

Summaries of Studies

Number of studies: 4
Sorted by: Publication Year
List created by: Jimmy Mad, Independent Scholar
List edited by: Maria Reynolds, Charles Lee



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