In a high court submission, The Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI) and digital rights group Foxglove stated “The algorithm used by the Home Office created an unfair system for applicants, where a so-called “fast lane” would allow “speedy boarding for white people” from the most favored nations in the Home Office system”
The Artificial Intelligence algorithm used by the Home Office since 2015 to process Visa Applications into the UK has been dropped after the legal challenge by the JCWI and Foxglove.
Home Secretary Priti Patel will suspend the existing artificial intelligence system on August 7th.
A new system that will take into account “issues around unconscious bias and the use of nationality in automated visa applications” is anticipated to be in place later this year.
Chai Patel, JWCI’s legal policy director claimed “the algorithm was the product of decades of institutionally racist practices that targeted particular nationalities for immigration raids. People from red-flagged countries received intensive scrutiny by Home Office officials, took longer to process and were much more likely to be refused a visa.”
The group argued that this procedure amounted to racial discrimination, putting it in breach of the UK Equality Act.
In 2018 the Windrush scandal erupted which concerned people who were wrongly detained and denied benefits in the UK, with scores deported to Caribbean countries.
In 2020 the Home Office destroyed a whole generations worth of flight landing cards for Commonwealth citizens, causing fears of deportation for many Caribbean migrants. In 2013, led by Theresa May, a “hostile environment” policy was created to make staying in the UK as difficult as possible.
The Home Office is a ministerial department of Her Majesty’s Government of the United Kingdom, responsible for immigration, security and law and order. As such it is responsible for policing in England and Wales, fire and rescue services in England, visas and immigration and the Security Service.
- Minister responsible: Priti Patel, Home Secretary
- Department executive: Matthew Rycroft, Permanent Secretary
- Headquarters: London, United Kingdom
- Subsidiaries: UK Visas and Immigration, Immigration Enforcement
- Officeholders: Dominic Raab (Secretary of State), Priti Patel (Secretary of State)
- Jurisdiction: United Kingdom, England and Wales
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