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    Violent crimes (sexual assault, robbery and assault) are committed against immigrants at a much lower rate than against the Canadian-born population. In 2004, immigrants reported 68 violent incidents per 1,000 population aged 15 or older, compared with 116 incidents per 1,000 for non-immigrants.

    Even when controlling for the major risk factors—age, sex, marital status, number of evening activities and proximity of crime—immigrants are 30% less likely to be victims of violent crime compared with non-immigrants.

    Second-generation Canadians—individuals born in Canada with at least one foreign-born parent—have a victimization rate comparable to third- or higher generation Canadians: 125 incidents per 1,000 population in 2004, compared with 114 incidents per 1,000 population.

    Chart 13.4 Victimization rates, immigrants and non-immigrants, 2004
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