Results of domestic migration on juvenile delinquency in Adana, Turkey

J Forensic Leg Med. 2017 Jul;49:81-88. doi: 10.1016/j.jflm.2017.05.012. Epub 2017 May 24.


Objective: The aim of this study is to determine the effect of migration on children in the juvenile justice system. The study takes into account whether these children arrived in the city via migration or not, the types of crimes against property and persons committed by the children brought before the Juvenile Courts, and the types, frequency, and durations of punishments and precautionary decisions they received. In addition, the study examines the children's ability to realize the meaning and consequences of their crimes and to lead their future behaviors effectively.

Method: Data gathered from children between 3 and 18 years of age who appeared before the 1, 2, and 3 numbered Juvenile Courts of Adana Courthouse after January 2004 on charges of committing a crime, and/or children who were sent to or who applied to the Provincial Directorate for National Education based on the decision of the Court has been evaluated retrospectively.

Results: Six hundred and eighty children were studied. Of these, 602 (88.5%) were male and 78 (11.5) were female. The average age of the child at the time of the commitment of the crime was 13 years and 8 months ± 2.18 years. It has been observed that there are statistically meaningful differences for children involved in delinquency between cases whether they come via migration or regardless of migration and types of crimes committed (p = 0.004). When cities faced with migration from other places and types of crime committed by children are compared, it has been observed that there are meaningful differences between the types of crimes committed by non-migrant versus migrant children (p = 0.012).

Conclusions: It is important to state the reasons for delinquency and to obtain data to prevent future delinquency and to put forward regional and local recommendations within the scope of the data.

Keywords: Crime; Juvenile delinquency; Juvenile delinquency in Adana; Results of migration.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Crime / statistics & numerical data*
  • Educational Status
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Juvenile Delinquency / statistics & numerical data*
  • Male
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Risk Factors
  • Transients and Migrants*
  • Turkey