"As the world braces itself for an influx of people fleeing Afghanistan in the
wake of the Taliban coup, it is a timely opportunity to look at the real effect
of immigrants and refugees on a country. So often these people are demonised
and scapegoated by the media and politicians as a distraction from underlying
domestic problems or to make political capital out of voter fears.
According to a recent survey, almost one in three Europeans feels that
“refugees are more to blame for crime than other groups”, while those who
believe that “refugees will increase the likelihood of terrorism” is almost
The study of immigrants and violence often focuses on the likely opportunities
and motives of migrants to commit violence, and the effect on a country’s crime
level. But the latest research from my colleague and I took a different
approach, looking at the number of refugees welcomed by a country as a measure
of national compassion.
Our analysis showed that countries in Europe and North America that treat
refugees with compassion and accept them in greater numbers are likely to have
lower murder rates. Put simply, compassion towards refugees is not linked to
greater risk of violent crime."
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics