More sinned against than sinning? Perceptions about European migrants and crime

Karen Roscoe, Iolo Madoc Jones, Sally-Ann Baker, Odette Parry, Emily Waren r, Kirsty Perry, Richard Mottershead

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The article draws on perceptions of those working in professional capacities with European migrants in one area of the UK, to explore understandings about the relationship between European migrants and crime at the local level. The qualitative study informing the article involved semi-structured interviews with representatives from the criminal justice system (CJS) and community representatives. A key finding of the study was that both CJS and community
representative respondent accounts were largely congruent. European migrants were more likely, in respondent accounts, to be victims, rather than perpetrators, of crime. Much of the predominantly ‘low-level’ crime associated with European migrant offending was reported to be largely a function of cultural difference and based on misunderstanding of UK law and CJS
processes. The article concludes with some implications for the enculturalization and education of new migrants and the fostering of better understanding between European migrants and CJS agents and processes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)262-278
Number of pages17
JournalCriminology and Criminal Justice
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Crime
  • European migrants
  • qualitative
  • victimization


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