New Zealand immigration overstayer predictions

April 2018

Overstayers to New Zealand can be fast track deported by Immigration New Zealand should they belong to a demographic group that are seen to have committed crimes or run up hospital costs.

INZ compliance and investigations area manager Alistair Murray told RNZ that the predictions are based on age, gender and ethnicity modelling data, leading to accusations of illegal ethnic profiling.

Immigration NZ confirmed that the programme was a pilot that had been operating for 18 months. The pilot was later terminated.