The Immigrant as Victim: The Minimal Research

  • William F. McDonald
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Victims and Victimology book series (PSVV)


Despite the common observation that immigrants are frequently victims of crimes, research on the topic has been limited in part due to the lack of good data and in part because claims makers have constructed the problem in other, more socially and politically compelling terms: “modern slaves;” trafficking victims; domestic violence; hate crime; child abuse and elder abuse. Another aspect of the problem is that the concept “immigrant” over-aggregates, lumping into one category people with widely differing characteristics. Victimologists have approached the subject from distinct traditions: the humanistic/human rights vs. the positivist or “conservative.”


Social construction Over-aggregate Humanism Positivism Claims makers Hans von Hentig 


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  • William F. McDonald
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  1. 1.Department of SociologyGeorgetown UniversityWashington, DCUSA

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