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Experiments in Automating Immigration Systems

Posted on 14 January 2022

In recent years, the Home Office has started using automated systems to make immigration decisions. These systems promise faster, more accurate, and cheaper decision-making, but in practice they have exposed people to distress, disruption, and even deportation.

A new book by Jack Maxwell and Dr Joe Tomlinson, Experiments in Automating Immigration Systems, examines these issues and their implications for our public law system. It focuses on three recent case studies: a voice recognition system used to detect fraud in English-language testing; an algorithm for identifying ‘risky’ visa applications; and automated decision-making in the EU Settlement Scheme. Ultimately, the book argues that a precautionary approach is essential to ensure that society benefits from government automation without exposing individuals to unacceptable risks.

PLP, together with the University of York, is pleased to launch this book on 27 January 2022 at 5-6pm. The launch will be hosted on Zoom.

For more information and a booking form please see: Experiments in Automating Immigration Systems