Høy krimrate blant marokkanere i Nederland

Over halvparten av unge marokkanske menn i Nederland har vært i kontakt med politiet grunnet kriminalitet. Også unge kvinner med marokkansk bakgrunn scorer høyt på kriminalstatistikk. De er over tre ganger så kriminelle som unge nederlandske kvinner. Også på voldsstatistikken slår pendelen kraftig ut: marokkanske unge kvinner begår voldskriminalitet tre ganger hyppigere enn nederlandske jenter.

Av unge marokkanere (både jenter og gutter) født i 1984 har 54 prosent vært i kontakt med politiet grunnet begått kriminalitet. Tallet for nederlendere i samme alder er 20 prosent. Marokkanske gutter hadde i snitt vært i kontakt med politiet grunnet mistanke om kriminelle forhold i snitt 4,1 ganger, melder Nisnews. Forskerne fremlegger ingen forklaring på overrepresentasjonen.

More than half of the Moroccan youths in the Netherlands have committed one or more crimes before they reached the age of 22. The average Moroccan young man has been arrested 4.1 times, according to a study carried out by criminologists and migration researchers for the Journal of Criminology.

For the study, everyone who was born in the Netherlands in a certain year (1984) was tracked until he or she was 22. The figures show that 14 percent of this group have come in contact with the police for a crime at least once. Among Dutch males, the figure is 20 percent, and among Moroccan males, 54 percent.

The average is pulled down by girls, who are less frequently criminally active than boys. Among the girls born in 1984, 5.4 percent came in contact with the police as a perpetrator on one or more occasions.

Moroccan boys came in contact with the police on suspicion of a crime 4.1 times on average. They were also on average the youngest when they were registered as perpetrator for the first time (17.6 years old).

Moroccan girls (16.6 percent) have also been a suspect more often than Dutch girls (4.5 percent). Like Surinam and Antillean girls, they also commit violent crimes about three times more often.

In the introduction to the article, the editors of the journal write that they do not want the figures to create the picture of Moroccans as a group forming a problem. «The relationships between crime and migration require thorough research attention, but critical discussion remains necessary to prevent the research unintentionally contributing to the exclusion of whole groups of migrants, the majority of whom have had nothing to do with crime.»