Homicide risk among immigrants in California, 1970 through 1992

Am J Public Health. 1996 Jan;86(1):97-100. doi: 10.2105/ajph.86.1.97.


According to the death certificates of the 65,510. California residents who died of homicide from 1970 through 1992, foreign-born persons are overrepresented in the homicides of California residents. Analysis of homicide data for 15- to 34-year-olds (n = 38,774), who account for a majority of all homicide victims indicated that immigrant-to-nonimmigrant risk patterns differed by ethnicity and across time. During the 23-year study period, foreign-born Whites, Hispanics, and Asians and others were at significantly higher risk and foreign-born Blacks were at a statistically similar risk of homicide compared with their US-born counterparts (risk ratio = 2.12, 1.24, 1.72, and 0.60, respectively).

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age Distribution
  • California / epidemiology
  • Death Certificates
  • Emigration and Immigration / statistics & numerical data*
  • Ethnicity / statistics & numerical data
  • Homicide / statistics & numerical data*
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Risk Factors