links between mass immigration and some crimes were censored from a keynote government report, the Standard can reveal.
The report originally contained passages highlighting the risk that organised criminals had exploited higher migration.
But they were taken out of the published version, a milestone study that shifted Labour policy towards encouraging economic migrants.
Published by the Home Office in 2001, the 80-page report – Migration, A Social and Economic Analysis – has been criticised for painting too a rosy picture of the impact of immigration. The draft shown to the Evening Standard reveals it went through several changes that removed paragraphs that could have been seized upon by critics.
The most striking was the removal of the section headed “Criminal behaviour”, written as part of a chapter on the impact of migration.