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WASHINGTON, Nov. 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Center for Immigration Studies has published a detailed report on immigration and crime based on a variety of recently released data, including some obtained through Freedom of Information Act requests. The newer government data implies that immigrants have relatively high rates of crime. This contradicts older academic research that generally found low rates of crime. The overall picture of immigrants and crime remains confused due to conflicting information and a lack of good data.
Blair's think tank airbrushed link between crime and immigrants
Possible links between mass immigration and some crimes were censored from a keynote government report, the Standard can reveal.
The report originally contained passages highlighting the risk that organised criminals had exploited higher migration.
But they were taken out of the published version, a milestone study that shifted Labour policy towards encouraging economic migrants.
Published by the Home Office in 2001, the 80-page report - Migration, A Social and Economic Analysis - has been criticised for painting too a rosy picture of the impact of immigration. The draft shown to the Evening Standard reveals it went through several changes that removed paragraphs that could have been seized upon by critics.
The most striking was the removal of the section headed "Criminal behaviour", written as part of a chapter on the impact of migration.
It is understood that the passage on crime was removed because Downing Street was "nervous" that critics including extremists could seize on such candid remarks.