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Experiments in Automating Immigration Systems

By Joe Tomlinson and Jack Maxwell

Published

Oct 1, 2021

Page count

128 pages

ISBN

978-1529219845

Dimensions

203 x 127 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Oct 1, 2021

Page count

128 pages

ISBN

978-1529219852

Dimensions

203 x 127 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press
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    In recent years, the UK’s 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.

    This book identifies a pattern of risky experimentation with automated systems in the Home Office. It analyses three recent case studies including: 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.

    The book argues that a precautionary approach is essential to ensure that society benefits from government automation without exposing individuals to unacceptable risks.

    Joe Tomlinson is Senior Lecturer in Public Law at the University of York and Research Director of the Public Law Project.

    Jack Maxwell is Research Fellow in Public Law and Technology at the Public Law Project.

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    Speaking Into the Void

    Speedy Boarding for White People

    The Three Million(ish)

    A Precautionary Approach