I WASN't TRYING TO MAKE AN ARGUMENT!
You *did* make one, regardless of whether you tried or not.
I'm merely directing people's attention to possible alternate explanations of the differences between US crime and other nation's crime. If I were actually making an argument, I wouldn't have stated it in the form of a bunch of questions.
Well, questions can be rhetorical, so that must be the root of the misunderstanding. I do think an explanation among those lines wouldn't work, but still, I'm willing to be shown data...
Here is a US Census table summarizing US Foreign born population, though the Census is notorious for being unable to fully count illegal immigrants.
Ok, so in 1990, according to the data you found, roughly 8% of the US population was born outside the US.
I tried to get the similar Euro statistics, but I couldn't get into europa.eu.int.
I didn't manage to fully decipher that site, but it looked like it had mostly economic data. I did go to the Publications list for the UK Commission for Racial Equalite, and got the PDF report Ethnic Minorities in Britain, and according to that, 7.27% of the British population in 1991 was born outsite the UK. Now the thing, of course, is to decide whether this is a significant difference...
This link (WARNING: document over 600K, and in French), however, says (some pages down) that in 1994, for the UK, France and Germany, the "foreign" population was 3.5%, 6.3% and 8.45%, respectively. I suspect that these numbers are for foreign nationals, but the page doesn't make it clear at all...
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