Despite the doomsday predictions that opening the borders to Romanian and Bulgarian migrants in January 2013 would lead to an increase in crime, the opposite appears to have happened.
In the first three months of 2014 the number of Romanians convicted of crimes in the whole of the UK was 1,522, a 15.3% reduction from 1,797 in the same 2013 period, police figures obtained by the Romanian embassy show.
Crime levels are at their lowest for 33 years. Rates of murder and violent crime have fallen more rapidly in the UK in the past decade than in many other countries in Western Europe, researchers say.
During a period of mass migration between 2003 and 2012, the UK Peace Index found UK homicides per 100,000 people had fallen from 1.99 in 2003 to one in 2012.
The fear that immigration generates racial tensions and hence increased crime levels has been fuelled by right-wing politicians including UKIP leader Nigel Farage who warned that Britain was facing a “Romanian crime wave”.
But in the first few months after the borders were opened to Romanians and Bulgarians the number of arrests has barely changed and the number of charges has actually dropped.
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