While AI tools have transcended many sectors, their benefits and risks remain unique to the context within which they are deployed. Recently, states have turned to AI tools to assist in migration and asylum governance – AI tools are used to support information gathering and processing, data analysis and thus support decision making or implementation of specific migration or asylum policies and programs. Reports have emerged on the dangers of introducing these technologies to the migration sector, particularly when they are intended to facilitate migration control or asylum processing.
This project aimed to bring clarity and transparency to what, and how, innovative technologies are being used in the migration sector. In particular, it took a novel approach in seeking to not only critically assess the current use of AI tools in migration management, but also to contemplate what needs to be true for these technologies to positively contribute to governance for both the state and the migrant.