Automation and AI in Immigration in Canada: Issues and Future Research

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29 March 2022


11:30 - 13:00



This presentation will explore automation and artificial intelligence (AI) in immigration. We will discuss the recent history of these tools in the processing of immigration applications by Canada’s Department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC). Specifically, we focus on the processing of temporary residence applications using Chinook, a software tool developed in-house and used as of 2018. We will discuss our research program on the effects of these tools on decision-making processes, on administrative and legal remedies for applicants deemed ineligible, and on migration management more generally. Immigration automation and AI raise issues of social justice and human rights, as they reconfigure the territories of decision-making spaces, administrative boundaries, and existing legal recourse mechanisms.


Danièle Bélanger
Professor, Département de géographie, Université Laval and Chairholder Canada Research Chair in Global Migration Processes


Gabriel Bergevin Estable
Immigration Counsellor and Master’s Student in Geographic Sciences, Université Laval


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This event will be held in French.

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