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After the COVID-19 pandemic halted many asylum procedures across Europe, new technologies have become reviving these kinds of systems. Right from lie diagnosis tools tested at the border to a system for validating documents and transcribes interviews, a wide range of systems is being used in asylum applications. This article explores just how these technologies have reshaped the ways asylum procedures happen to be conducted. This reveals just how asylum seekers happen to be transformed into required hindered techno-users: They are asked to adhere to a series of techno-bureaucratic steps and also to keep up with unpredictable tiny changes in criteria and deadlines. This kind of obstructs their capacity to work these devices and to pursue their right for safety.

It also illustrates how these types of technologies happen to be embedded in refugee governance: They help the ‘circuits of financial-humanitarianism’ that function through a whirlwind of spread technological requirements. These requirements increase asylum seekers’ socio-legal precarity by hindering these people from accessing the stations of proper protection. It further argues that studies of securitization and victimization should be put together with an insight into the disciplinary mechanisms of such technologies, by which migrants will be turned into data-generating subjects who are disciplined by their reliance on technology.

Drawing on Foucault’s notion of power/knowledge and comarcal understanding, the article states that these technologies have an natural obstructiveness. There is a double result: while they assist with expedite the asylum procedure, they also produce it difficult just for refugees to navigate these kinds of systems. They are positioned in a ‘knowledge deficit’ that makes them vulnerable to illegitimate decisions made by non-governmental actors, and ill-informed and unreliable narratives about their cases. Moreover, they pose new risks of’machine mistakes’ that may result in inaccurate or discriminatory outcomes.