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Immigration is the process whereby individuals migrate to a new country and is often the result of displacement and refugee movements. Immigration has been a divisive and controversial topic throughout history and currently is linked with national security issues for many countries. However, immigrants as well as the threat to national security from immigrants are often the subjects of misconceptions—many of which are discussed in this entry.

Immigration and Crime

Popular culture often depicts immigrants as criminally prone. These caricatures depict Latino immigrants as drug lords or gangsters and Middle Eastern immigrants as terrorists. The media also helps fuel these negative stereotypes. However, this trend has existed since the days of early immigration in the United States. Irish immigrants were depicted as alcoholics and Italians as mobsters. ...

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