Deportation, Crime, and Victimization

33 Pages Posted: 2 Sep 2016 Last revised: 27 Jun 2018

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Sandra Rozo

University of Southern California - Marshall School of Business; University of Southern California - Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics

Steven P. Raphael

University of California, Berkeley

Therese Anders

University of Southern California, School of International Relations

Date Written: September 1, 2016

Abstract

We study whether the forced removal of undocumented immigrants from the United States increases violent crime in Mexican municipalities. Using municipal panel data on homicide rate matched with annual deportation flows from the United States to Mexico, we assess whether municipalities with repatriation points experience higher violent crime with surges in deportation flows. We consistently find that municipalities with greater geographic exposure to deportation flows have higher violent crime. The effects are mostly driven by increments in homicide rate of young males and minors. Deportees themselves are most likely to be crime victims.

Keywords: Crime, Migration, Latin America

JEL Classification: O15; R2; K37

Suggested Citation

Rozo, Sandra and Raphael, Steven P. and Anders, Therese, Deportation, Crime, and Victimization (September 1, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2833484 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2833484

Sandra Rozo (Contact Author)

University of Southern California - Marshall School of Business ( email )

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University of Southern California - Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics ( email )

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Steven P. Raphael

University of California, Berkeley ( email )

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Berkeley, CA 94720
United States

Therese Anders

University of Southern California, School of International Relations ( email )

Los Angeles, CA
United States

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