Immigration New Zealand confirmed that overstayers deported using profiling programme

A profiling programme labelled racist by critics has already been used to deport overstayers deemed to be “high priority”, Immigration New Zealand has confirmed.

Immigration has been using the pilot for the past 18 months to analyse age, gender and ethnicity of overstayers to identify groups likely to run up hospital costs or commit crime.

Melino Maka from the Tongan Advisory Council said the pilot was racist and fears Pasifika people could be unfairly targeted.

Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway – who did not know about the pilot until Morning Report told him about it yesterday – said officials assured him it was not racial profiling.

Mr. Lees-Galloway is expecting to get a full briefing on the data modelling pilot today.

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