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Previous studies have shown that there are several immigrant-specific factors that shape immigrants' perceptions of crime and police (e.g., Correia, 2010; Weitzer, 2014). First, some researchers have found that immigrants evaluate their lives in the host society based on their previous experiences with crime and the criminal justice system in their home country (Sun & Wu, 2018). Second, the social networks that immigrants form in the host society influence their views of crime and police by serving as a source of information for immigrants (Ackah, 2000). Finally, their experiences with crime and the justice system in the host society affect their current perceptions of crime and police (Choi, 2019). Notwithstanding these findings, it remains an open question whether these findings apply to immigrants in a different socio-political setting. Specifically, my research findings will reveal how North Korean defectors' views toward crime and police are shaped by experiences in their home country (i.e., North Korea) and their host society (i.e., South Korea).


West Chester University Research & Creative Activity Day Faculty Oral Presentation