New Zealand immigration overstayer predictions

April 2018
Updated: December 2021

An New Zealand government official has revealed that overstayers to the country can be fast track deported should they belong to a demographic group that have previously committed crimes or run up hospital costs.

Immigration New Zealand compliance and investigations area manager Alistair Murray told RNZ that the country's immigration authorities are using an algorithm to predict overstaying based on age, gender and ethnicity modelling data.

The revelation prompted accusations of illegal ethnic profiling, forcing the government to admit the pilot programme had been operating clandestinely for 18 months.

The programme was later terminated and a review of government use of algorithms conducted.

Operator: Immigration New Zealand
Developer: Immigration New Zealand
Country: New Zealand
Sector: Govt - immigration
Purpose: Predict visa overstayers
Technology: Prediction algorithm
Issue: Bias/discrimination - age, gender, race
Transparency: Governance; Black box