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Sustainability 2019, 11(3), 561;

Discerning the Effects of Rural to Urban Migrants on Burglaries in ZG City with Structural Equation Modeling

Key Laboratory of Regional Sustainable Development Modelling, Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS, Beijing 100101, China
College of Resources and Environment, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China
Center of Geographic Information Analysis for Public Security, School of Geographic Sciences, Guangzhou University, Guangzhou 510006, China
Department of Geography, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH 45221-0131, USA
Institute of Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems, School of Earth and Space Sciences, Peking University, Beijing 100871, China
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Received: 9 December 2018 / Revised: 27 December 2018 / Accepted: 16 January 2019 / Published: 22 January 2019
(This article belongs to the Section Human Geography and Social Sustainability)
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Both rural to urban migration and urban crime are well researched topics in China. But few studies have attempted to explore the possible relationships between the two. Using calls for service data of ZG city in 2014, the Sixth Census data in 2010, this study examines relationships between migrants and crime by using structural equation models. Two hypotheses were tested: (1) the distribution of migrants has direct effects on the spatial distribution of burglaries, and (2) migrants also indirectly affect burglary rate through mediating variables such as residential mobility and socio-economic disadvantage of their resident communities. The results showed that migrants have significant direct and indirect effects contributing to burglaries, although the indirect effect is much larger than the direct effect, indicating that community characteristics play a more important role than the migrants themselves. View Full-Text
Keywords: migrant; burglary; structural equation model; PLS; China migrant; burglary; structural equation model; PLS; China

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Du, F.; Liu, L.; Jiang, C.; Long, D.; Lan, M. Discerning the Effects of Rural to Urban Migrants on Burglaries in ZG City with Structural Equation Modeling. Sustainability 2019, 11, 561.

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