According to a recent Swedish study, 60% of rapists were born abroad or have a “migration background”. The obvious response is: “Really? Only 60%??”
Behind the majority of all rapes: immigrant men
February 26, 2021
A new research study concerning more than 3,000 convicted men shows that 60% are first or second-generation immigrants, and that almost half were previously convicted of violent crimes.
8,820 rapes and attempted rapes were reported in 2019 to police. Since 2010 the number has increased 44%, according to the Crime Prevention Council (Brå).
The research group at Lund University identified and charted different characteristics and background factors for all convicted rapists between 2000 an d 2015. No similar study has ever been done.
Majority with an immigrant background
Half of the rapes were committed by men born abroad. Another 10% had an immigrant background. In all, 60% of perpetrators were either first or second-generation immigrants.
Among those with immigrant background, the most common were those born in the Middle East/North Africa (34.5%), followed by Africa (19.1%), then Eastern Europe (15%).
“The immigrant background was nothing we investigated specifically; it was just one of the many variables. But the proportions here were something that surprised us,” says Kristina Sundquist, professor of general medicine and clinical epidemiology at Lund University to Kvällsposten.
Half of all convicted rapists (men) had previously been convicted of violent crimes, and one-third were on some form of social assistance. More often than not they resided in a socially vulnerable area and had a lower IQ than average (this includes, however, the ⅔ of those in the data.)
Large percentage without previous offenses
Researchers have been able, through studies, to identify two different types of rapists. One is the expected one: those with criminal careers and those who have abuse or psychiatric problems. They live in society’s shadow with welfare dependency, low school grades, low IQ, and a low tolerance for stress.
“It is a little surprising that we have persons who don’t have a criminal career behind them but who can commit such serious violent crimes,” says the criminologist and assistant professor in acute care, Ardavan Khoshnood.
That the larger group of convicted rapists have no previous crime or known social problems in their baggage should reasonably affect the work of the police perpetrator profile group, he believes.
“They usually go from statistics as to which crime this type of perpetrator previously committed. But here we suddenly have a class that has hardly committed any crime before and that is not particularly socially vulnerable. That is the biggest group of rapists, and these are people that society misses. That is worrisome.”