Human Development Report published by UN recently revealed very interesting findings about Norway. According to Report, Norway is the best country to live in. But it is not the only field in which Norway is ranked 1st number. The survey found that more than 70 percent of respondents to the European Social Survey believed that immigrants worsen their countries crime problems, with the figure rising to more than 85 percent in Norway with Germany, and the Czech Republic.
In the report, it was commented that “Stereotype images associating immigrants with crime have long been propagated through the popular media, which often feature violence perpetrated by a range of immigrant groups including the Italian mafia,Chinese triads and Central American gangs such as the Salvadoran Mara Salvatrucha. The data do not confirm these stereotypes.”
Data from the 2000 US census also verifies this comment. Accordingly, for every ethnic group, incarceration rates among young men are lowest for immigrants, even those who are the least educated. Earlier studies for the United States had also revealed similar positive findings about the immigrants on the contrary to the general stereotypes. However, the picture is different in the European continent. Data from the Council of Europe on 25 countries show that on average there are more than twice as many foreign-born people in prison than locally born in some European countries.
Naomi Wolf had interpreted this contrasting situation between USA and European countries in her article published in The North Post as Americans’ welcoming immigrants to combine their culture of origin with their new American-ness compared to Europeans.