Migration and crime among Dutch Caribbean women

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In the Netherlands, Dutch Caribbean (DC) women are overrepresented in official crime statistics. This is especially the case for those born in the Caribbean, who migrate to the Netherlands at some time during their lives. Across gender existing studies have focused their scientific explanations for the relative high official crime rates among black ethnic minorities in the Netherlands on either (a) a cultural normalization of violence, (b) economic marginalization, (c) the high prevalence of single-parent families, or (d) a poor integration into Dutch society. Other scholars have argued that the overrepresentation of Dutch Caribbean nationals’ registered crime rates is due – at least in part - to practices of ethnic or racial profiling by the Dutch police and criminal justice system. Still, as self-reported offending rates among Dutch Caribbean women in the Netherlands are also relatively higher than those of Dutch natives, it is unlikely that institutionalized racism within the Dutch criminal justice systems is the sole cause for their overrepresentation.
In this presentation we will discuss how migration affects life circumstances and criminal behavior among women of different DC island.
The study on Dutch Caribbean women was conducted by the VU University Amsterdam and the Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement (NSCR). For this study 330 women born in Curacao and Aruba, were interviewed in the Netherlands, Curacao or Aruba.
Period10 Sept 202011 Sept 2020
Event titleEuropean Society of Criminology - 20th Annual Conference
Event typeConference