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Public Opinion of Immigrant Involvement in Crime and Immigration Policy Issues in Southern Italy

Vincent Figliomeni, from the Francesco Figliomeni Center for Social Science Research in Calabria, made a contribution to the 2012 Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology, in the category “Traditional and New Forms of Crime and Deviance,” under the title “Public Opinion of Immigrant Involvement in Crime and Immigration Policy Issues in Southern Italy”. Here is the abstract: In a previous study in Northeast Italy, a systematic random sample telephonic survey (n=1088) was conducted in 2006 in order to provide data for analysis of public perceptions of immigrant's involvement in crime and possible impacts on immigration policy. Public perception of immigrant policy issues examined were opinions regarding; increasing immigrant controls, maintaining immigrant quota's, immigrant right to vote, and public perception of immigrant presence as it relates to possible increased crime and terrorism. The results revealed a cautious optimism regarding greater tolerance of immigrant groups in Northeast Italy when compared to previous data collected by Iniziative e Studi Sulla Multietnicita'( IMSU). The present study expands the research scope to include Southern Italy in the Reggio Calabria Region. The overarching research objective is to examine environments that stimulate social integration and cultural assimilation.

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  • “Public Opinion of Immigrant Involvement in Crime and Immigration Policy Issues in Southern Italy”, by Vincent Figliomeni (Proceedings)

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