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What relationship exists between minority status and crime? Is this relationship generalizable across different societies? Many western nations are becoming concerned with the problem of crime in general and, in particular, the role of minority groups, be they political refugees, guest workers, immigrants, or native ethnic and racial minorities. A unique cross-cultural exploration. Minorities, Migrants, and Crime highlights the empirical realities of crime and these under-studied populations. Each international expert from the United States or Europe surveys national statistical facts and research as well as political and theoretical debates critical to the issues. Revealing a number of surprising similarities and differences, original chapters examine law enforcement priorities, punishment philosophy and practices, and media coverage against the backdrop of contemporary thought and facts about race, ethnicity, migrants, crime, and criminal justice in the United States. Offering an in-depth examination of international perspectives, Minorities, Migrants, and Crime adds a viewpoint crucial to the law and policy making currently taking place in the United States. Minorities, Migrants, and Crime features state-of-the-art research in the international arena of criminal justice. A thought-provoking read, this book will prove to be an ideal resource for researchers, academics, and students in criminology, criminal justice, corrections, policing, sociology, ethnic studies, policy studies, international studies, immigration studies, and public administration.

Minorities, Crime, and Criminal Justice in the Federal Republic of Germany
Minorities, crime, and criminal justice in the Federal Republic of Germany
From “Guest Workers” to “Immigrant” Minorities

In the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG), research on foreign and ethnic minorities has been stimulated mainly because of the so-called guest workers (gastarbeiter) who came to Germany in the early 1960s (Kaiser, 1974). Economic prosperity and a shortage of labor led to considerable governmental and private effort aimed at attracting workers from southern European countries (predominantly Italy, Spain, and Portugal) to Germany. Consequently, social science became interested in the topics of immigration and immigrant minorities. The focus of criminological research initially was on foreign “guest” workers; however, because the ethnic composition of immigrants, the motivation for migration, and ...

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