Monday, August 29, 2005

Immigrant crime can lead to 'mafias'

Jonathan Tisdall:

A Norwegian researcher warns that ethnic gangs can give Norway the kind of immigrant-related organized crime that accompanied waves of migration to the USA. Dr. Inger-Lise Lien has just finished a report commissioned by the Department of Local Government and concludes that the ethnic groups themselves are worried.

"Ethnic-based gang crime can give Norway the same problems that the USA has had with the Mafia. Society, and most of all the immigrants themselves, will be hit hard," said Lien, researcher at NIBR (Norwegian Institute for Urban and Regional Research).

"If we look at youth under the age of 19 charged with crimes in Oslo, immigrants are unfortunately largely overrepresented. In certain Oslo districts - Furuset, Stovner and Gamle Oslo - gang criminality has a grip. Criminal gangs becoming solid organizations is a sign in international research of an incipient mafia structure being built," Lien said.

Lien said that while the reporting of this type of ethnically based crime increases Norwegian skepticism towards immigrants, gang crimes tend to be inwardly focused, with violence taking place within the ethnic community.

Lien said that there is already great concern about the problem within the respective immigrant communities and that authorities should hurry to create constructive cooperation.

"My suggestions for action are to aim crime fighting work more directly at the target group, that is, those who have already started on the path of a criminal career. Furthermore, it is important that recruits meet reaction at once and not after they have carried out a series of crimes," Lien said.

"Last, but absolutely not least, it is important that immigrants' sense of belonging and trust in Norwegian society is strengthened. If the parallel and separate societal development of Norwegian and foreign culture continues I believe this will only strengthen the worrying development," Lien said.

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At 10:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"sense of belonging and trust in Norwegian society"

Sounds good, but isn't this completely at odds with multiculturalism?

What exactly is "Norwegian society"? A good first approximation might be the Norwegian language and traditional Norwegian cultural traditions and practices. But the immigrants are not Norwegians and never will be. So how can they feel a 'sense that they belong' to all that?

This sounds like "integration", and I've never gotten that concept either.

I must say that sometimes it seems that academics and 'experts' are some of the most naive and deluded people ever.

Again, it seems so much easier to stop the problem at its source and halt acceptance of immigrants from incompatible, alien cultures. Yes, it so happens these immigrants will most often have different colored skin, and so you may be called names like "racist" for not allowing them in. But you can take it. The alternative is far worse.

At 10:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I must say that sometimes it seems that academics and 'experts' are some of the most naive and deluded people ever

The pro-immigration advocates will say and do anything they believe will promote their cause regardless of how contradictory it sounds. That is why they have no problem with advocating "multiculturalism" and "assimilation" at the same time even though they are mutually exclusive.


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