HC Deb 13 February 2004 vol 418 c238W
Bob Spink

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what research has been conducted into links between(a) legal immigration, (b) illegal immigration and (c) failed asylum bids and levels of (i) violent crime, (ii) property crime and (iii) car crime. [153099]

Beverley Hughes

The Research, Development and Statistics Directorate of the Home Office commissions and undertakes a broad programme of research on asylum and immigration. Within this, research is currently being developed which will explore the links between legal and illegal migration.

At present there is no evidence to suggest that asylum seekers are more likely to commit crime than any other person living in the United Kingdom.